Marlin is a decorated combat veteran; member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC); and labor union attorney.

Marlin has served in the Army National Guard for over 18 years and earned the Bronze Star Medal for combat service in Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2008 – 2009. He currently serves as a Major in the Maryland Army National Guard. He is also an at-Large member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC), where he recruits volunteers, preforms Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts and helps fellow Democrats get elected. Marlin is also a leader in the organized labor movement. In his work at American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), he supervises negotiations on behalf of federal employees to ensure their working conditions are ideal. In addition to his work as a soldier, Democratic Party activist, and labor attorney, he volunteered during the 2017 Legislative session in the office of Maryland State Senator Roger Manno assisting with veterans and labor legislation.

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Marlin was born and raised in Vidalia, LA, a small rural town in Northeast Louisiana. He was raised by a single mother along with his two brothers. Throughout his childhood, his family received various forms of government assistance to help make ends meet. Despite their humble circumstances, his grandmother, mother, and aunts were active in their local community by donating to others in the greater Vidalia area. At age 17, to pay for college, Marlin enlisted in the Army National Guard as a Private (E-1) truck driver. His selfless service during his tenure as a Private in the National Guard enabled him to receive a tuition exemption, covering the expenses of his bachelor’s degree. Based upon his service as an enlisted soldier, he was accepted in to the Louisiana Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, upon completion of which he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant.

In 2003, Marlin graduated from Southern University A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA, cum laude in Political Science. While at Southern University, he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi® , Fraternity, Inc. Marlin, who had ambitions to become the first in his family to pursue a post-graduate degree, applied unsuccessfully to multiple law schools. Despite being a campus leader and obtaining his bachelor’s degree with honors, Marlin lacked the necessary tools and resources to gain law school admittance.

In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck Louisiana. Marlin and his Army National Guard unit served in New Orleans and Lake Charles to assist his fellow Louisianans. Following that mission, he served in Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize on a New Horizon Mission assisting these countries with building schools and other infrastructure projects. Based upon his performance on that assignment he was selected for Company Command.

In 2007, Marlin took command of Co. E. 1-244th  AHB, and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 – 2009.  Marlin received a Bronze Star Medal for his command of Co. E. 1-244th AHB in Iraq. Subsequently, after obtaining the necessary tools and resources, he was accepted to law school at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law in Durham, NC. While attending NCCU, he was a member of the Law Review and graduated cum laude in 2012. Marlin also mentored youth and participated in projects to advance the local Durham community during his attendance at NCCU. In law school, Marlin met his future wife, a fellow law student attending a different university.

After finishing law school, Marlin had trouble finding employment due to the devastating economic recession. Through countless networking efforts and with veterans’ preference he created an opportunity for himself and obtained a job as a labor/employment specialist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. Upon arriving in Montgomery County, he became a precinct official and later a member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC).

While practicing labor and employment law, Marlin came to appreciate helping others improve their working conditions. To have a more direct impact on the advancement of everyday working conditions, Marlin transitioned to the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), a labor union, where he currently works in coaching, directing, and supervising national collective bargaining. Marlin is still an active military member, serving our country as a Major in the Maryland Army National Guard with over 18 years of military service attending his drills at Aberdeen Proving Ground. In addition to his work as a soldier, Democratic Party activist, and labor attorney, he volunteered during the 2017 Legislative session in the office of State Senator Roger Manno assisting with veterans and labor legislation.  Marlin and his wife currently live in Silver Spring, MD and attend Clifton Park Baptist Church.