Andrew Martin

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Andrew Martin
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Nevada State Assembly, District 9
Former member
In office
February 4, 2013 - November 5, 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
High schoolCommack High School North
Bachelor'sSUNY Binghamton (n/k/a Binghamton University)
Date of birthFebruary 19, 1964
Place of birthNewark, New Jersey
ProfessionCertified Public Accountant
Campaign website
Andrew Martin is a former Democratic member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 9 from 2012 to 2014.

Martin was the Democratic candidate for Nevada Controller in the 2014 elections. Andrew Martin lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Martin served on the following committees:

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Human Services
Legislative Operations and Elections



See also: Nevada down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Martin was running for Nevada Controller in the 2014 elections. Before running, Martin posted an open letter to his constituents on his website, Martin for Nevada, to ask for their thoughts on his candidacy.[1] Martin was uncontested in the primary election on June 10, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Nevada Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Knecht 52.5% 282,674
     Democratic Andrew Martin 37.6% 202,573
     Independent American Tom Jones 5.4% 29,108
     Independent None of these candidates 4.4% 23,811
Total Votes 538,166
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Martin's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:

Enhance Performance Management

We deserve to know that our tax dollars are being spent wisely to accomplish tangible results, not wasted without accountability. State agencies and departments requesting funding should be required to provide strategic plans with verifiable goals, linking dollars spent to measurable outcomes that are tied to state-wide priorities, such as job creation, higher student test scores, lower crime rates, and a healthier population.

Andrew Martin is a strong advocate for enacting standards for customer service and performance outcomes. He believes that if you can’t link spending to accomplishments, and you don’t adequately serve the public, you shouldn’t be funded. He is an active member of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and is working with its Director of Performance Reporting to identify best practices in federal, state and local governments around the country.

Andrew Martin’s legislative experience and the relationships he has built with other elected officials, business and community leaders will help break gridlock, forge consensus, and enact these standards as the State’s Controller.

Increase Citizen Engagement

Citizen engagement is essential to good government and critical to the success of the state. We deserve to know the “bang for the buck” on programs we fund. The Controller’s responsibilities include publishing reports detailing the State’s finances, economic outlook, major initiatives and future challenges. Andrew Martin will publish these reports in plain terms, not accountant language, so everyone has the ability to review how our tax dollars fund Nevada’s programs.

By engaging community leaders and business owners in robust discussions about the financial health and future prospects of Nevada we can create a connection between the work of the Controller’s office and the needs of the state. Andrew Martin will host public meetings where questions can be answered, comments gathered, and explanations provided regarding the financial health of Nevada, its economic outlook, and the challenges we must address.

Let everyone know Nevada is open for business!

Bond rating agencies and federal grant administrators rely on financial and performance reports issued by the Controller to determine Nevada’s economic health. Accurate, credible reports are crucial in securing favorable borrowing costs and safe-guarding federal grants for education, health care, law enforcement, universities and more. Andrew Martin will make sure the worldwide financial community knows that Nevada is the right place to invest and grow their business. He will work closely with the other constitutional officers to improve Nevada’s business climate in order to improve our economy and stimulate job creation.

Financial Planning for Our Children's Future
The quality of our education system is a critical success factor for economic development and job growth. A highly educated population yields a highly skilled workforce that fuels investment and job creation. High school dropouts experience very high unemployment and low wages, and college graduates have far lower unemployment rates and higher incomes.

Martin supports creating a dedicated revenue stream for education, and would also be supportive of a protected education fund that could generate surpluses during economic booms and protect teachers and students from draconian cuts during economic busts.

Collecting Our Debts

Currently, Nevada only collects 28% of its debts – 28 cents on the dollar! That means Nevadans who work hard and pay sales, gas, real estate and other taxes and fees are carrying the load for cheaters. Andrew Martin knows we must do better.

The State Controller is the guardian of tax dollars and can pursue those delinquent on taxes and fees. Analyzing best practices in other state and federal government agencies it is clear that Nevada needs to revamp our business processes and technology investments to identify outstanding debts. Streamlining the ease of payments and the customer-friendliness of state agencies will also make for a better business climate while improving debt collection.

Andrew Martin will create a centralized database of debtor and debt information collected from various agencies and departments, so that fees, fines and back taxes owed are paid every time a license is renewed, and to make sure contractors deliver what was promised before paying invoices. He will institute and enforce higher penalties and collection costs by suspending business licenses and certification to do business in Nevada for non-payment.

These measures will bring in additional vitally-needed revenue for often-underfunded statewide programs and services such as education and mental health care facilities. [2]

—Andrew Martin's campaign website, (2014) [3]


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Martin won election in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 9. Martin defeated Don Watkins in the June 12 primary election and defeated C. Kelly Hurst (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6][7] Martin was considering a run for Nevada Controller in the 2014 elections.[1]

Nevada State Assembly, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Martin 53.2% 11,276
     Republican C. Kelly Hurst 46.8% 9,930
Total Votes 21,206

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Martin is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Martin raised a total of $319,883 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 24, 2013.[8]

Andrew Martin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 9 Won $149,147
2008 Nevada State Assembly, District 13 Defeated $170,736
Grand Total Raised $319,883


Martin won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Martin raised a total of $149,147.
Nevada State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Andrew Martin's campaign in 2012
Martin, Andrew B.$52,874
Murray, Christopher$5,000
Nevada State Education Association$4,000
Nevada Association Of Realtors$3,000
Mamone, Michael$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$149,147
Source: Follow the Money


Martin lost the election for the Nevada State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Martin raised a total of $170,736.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Nevada

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In 2013, the 77th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 4 through June 4.[9]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills dealing with government regulations, taxes/fees and individual liberty. Citizen Outreach selected 22 Assembly bills and 32 Senate bills to analyze for its scorecard.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record concerning economic freedom and education reform.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.


Residency challenge

On October 2, 2012, C. Kelly Hurst filed a criminal complaint in District Court alleging that Martin does not live in the district, and therefore is not only ineligible, but committed a gross misdemeanor through false filing. Martin keeps a condominium in District 9, but also a house in Assembly District 2, which he says is an office. He replied that Martin's complaint was a distraction and a privacy violation. Hurst later called on Martin to suspend his campaign in respect for constituents' wishes for "integrity."[10] As of October 19, the matter was under court review.[11]

On November 5, 2012, the eve of the election, Judge Rob Bare ruled Martin ineligible, citing video evidence and Martin's partner's residency outside of the district. Martin remained on the ballot, and originally planned to appeal.[12]

A month after the judge's decision, Hurst told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he would drop any further challenges to Martin's residency, citing an estimated cost of $50,000 and the fact that the Assembly -- which at the time was controlled by the Democrats, 27-15 -- is constitutionally responsible for judging the qualifications of its members.[13]

Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick (D) told the Review-Journal in June 2013 that she did not see Martin's residency as "being an issue" in a 2014 re-election bid. In the 2013 session, Martin voted for a unsuccessful bipartisan bill that would have changed the definition of a residence to "the place where [a candidate] actually, physically and corporeally" lives, rather than where he or she is "legally domiciled and maintains permanent habitation."[14]


Martin married Dana Barooshian, his partner since 1986, in Washington, DC on November 10, 2013.[15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tick Segerblom (D)
Nevada State Assembly District 9
Succeeded by
David M. Gardner (R)