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Malcolm Siegel

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Malcolm Siegel
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Official Portrait in 2018
President pro tempore of the Senate of the Kingdom of Sierra
Assumed office
December 2, 2022
Prime Minister Maggie Chan
Preceded by Gracia Parker
Majority Leader of the Sierran Senate
In office
May 4, 2020 – December 2, 2022
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Susan Kwon
Preceded by Marcus Gutierrez
Succeeded by Daniel Laaksonen
Leader of the Senate Opposition
In office
October 16, 2018 – May 4, 2020
Leader Maggie Chan
Preceded by Ezra Cooper
Succeeded by Marcus Gutierrez
Kingdom of Sierra Senator
from Flagstaff
Assumed office
October 16, 2018
Serving with Jacob Howell and Holly Anderson
Preceded by Kale Good
Chair of the Senate Democratic-Republican Caucus
Assumed office
October 16, 2018
Preceded by Ezra Cooper
Personal details
Born (1992-07-21) July 21, 1992 (age 31)
Flag of Flagstaff.svg Flagstaff City, Flagstaff, Kingdom of Sierra
Political party DRPS 2017.svg Democratic-Republican
Domestic partner Amy Jordan (since 2017)
Alma mater Sierra National University, Flagstaff (B.A.)
Religion Deism

Malcolm James Siegel (born July 21, 1992) is a Sierran politician and statesman who is currently serving as a Kingdom of Sierra senator from Flagstaff since 2018 and has served as president pro tempore since 2022. He was previously the Leader of the Senate Opposition from 2018 to 2020 and as Majority Leader of the Sierran Senate between 2020 and 2022. A member of the Democratic-Republican Party, he's a member of the Democratic-Republican Progressive Caucus and a self-described progressive and a cultural republican. He defeated Kale Good in 2018 and was heavily covered as he managed to unseat a four-time incumbent.

Born in the provincial capital of Flagstaff City, Malcolm grew up in a middle-class family where his father was a reel estate agent and his mother was a nurse for the local health insurance company, Flagstaff Care. Siegel got involved in politics when he was 16 and joined the Young Democratic-Republicans when he was in high school. He would later attend the Sierra National University, Flagstaff and graduated in 2014. He was a notable spokesperson for the Flagstaff Democratic-Republican Party from 2012 until 2018 when he was elected to the Senate. He ran in the 2018 Senate election against Kale Good of the Royalist Party who was unpopular and was vulnerable, something that Siegel exploited and managed to win gaining 58% of the vote. Upon being elected, Siegel was elected by the Democratic-Republicans to serve as lead the Official Opposition in the Senate and was approved by Opposition Leader Margaret Chan to serve as her deputy. As Senate Opposition leader, Siegel was also appointed Opposition Deputy Prime Minister as a member of the Opposition Cabinet.

A self-proscribed progressive politician, Siegel is affiliated with Next Gen Politics, a non-profit political activist organization pushing to elect younger politicians to represent the next generation of Sierran politics and leadership, and stands out among most other Dem-Rep Senators in his support for progressive policies including universal healthcare, opposition to outsourcing, support for a non-interventionist foreign policy, and is notable in his criticism for the party's largely neoliberal leadership. On social issues Malcolm leans left and is supportive of legal and easily accessible abortion, supports marijuana legalization and is for same-sex marriage and is also a committed unionist and is supportive of the Conference of American States.

On May 4, 2020, Siegel was sworn in as the new Senate Majority Leader following the Democratic-Republican victory in the 2020 Sierran Senate elections which saw them become the largest party in the Senate. Siegel joined in a coalition government with the Social Democrats as part of the new Progressive Coalition lead by incumbent Prime Minister Susan Kwon.

Early life and career

Malcolm Siegel was born on July 21, 1992 in Flagstaff City, Flagstaff to a reel estate father and a mother who was a nurse. His father is of German descent and his mother was of Belgian descent. As a result, he grew up in a household heavily influenced by German culture and was taught by his parents how to speak both French and German. He attended a local high school in Flagstaff City and graduated in 2010 and latter applied and was accepted into the University of Flagstaff where he graduated with a degree in political science. During his time in college, he joined the Campus Democratic-Republicans and was the Vice President of the Flagstaff University Campus Democratic-Republicans from 2011 until 2013 and later as President from 2013 until his graduation in 2014.

After graduating college, Siegel became involved with the Flagstaff Democratic-Republicans and serve as a spokesperson for the party in the province. He appeared in multiple interviews on shows like RBS and provincial news networks as well and commonly campaigned for many Democratic-Republican politicians running to be elected to seats in the Flagstaff Provincial Legislature. During this time, Siegel became highly critical of Kale Good, his future political opponent and then-senator for Flagstaff, as well as the Royalist Party as a whole. In 2016, Siegel became a more progressive shift politically and participated in primaries where he supported progressive candidates over neoliberal ones citing how neoliberal candidates were "becoming increasingly part of a dying breed of politics" according to an interview he had with RBS. In the 2016 general election, he endorsed Terry Scott and urged Flagstaff Dem-Rep voters to support him.

Senator from Flagstaff

Election

Tenure

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Environmental Affairs and Climate
    • Subcommittee on Air Quality and Climate Change
    • Subcommittee on Nuclear Energy
  • Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Family
    • Subcommittee on Children, Teenagers and Family
    • Subcommittee on Labor Rights and Unions

Caucus memberships

  • Senate Democratic-Republican Caucus (Chair)
  • Senate Democratic-Republican Youth Caucus
  • Young Senators Caucus

Political positions

Electoral history

Personal life

2020 COVID-19 diagnosis

On March 26, 2020, Siegel announced that he had tested positive with COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms several days before. He had self-isolated himself after he had prolonged exposure to a confirmed patient, as well as contact with Prime Minister Nemesis Heartwell, who had tested positive herself two days prior. He and Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Lee were the highest-profile Sierrans to test positive that day. He was placed under mandatory quarantine and supervision by the Royal Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

On April 30, Siegel announced that he had been cured of COVID-19 and was able to resume his duties as Flagstaff's senator and led the Democratic-Republicans into the 2020 Senate elections where his party emerged victorious and Siegel was appointed the Senate Majority Leader.

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