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Fred S. Martin

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Fred S. Martin
Fred Martin.jpg
Idaho State Senate District 15
In office
December 1, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 30, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthTyee, ID
ReligionLatter-Day Saint
Office website
Fred S. Martin is a Republican member of the Idaho State Senate, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Martin's professional experience includes working as a former teacher and owner of Satellite Systems, Incorporated. He served in the Idaho National Guard.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Martin served on the following committees:

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Human Resources
Health and Welfare, Vice-chair
Change in Employee Compensation
Joint Millennium Fund


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


Campaign themes


Martin's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

Excerpt: "I am pro-family, pro-education, pro-life. I believe in the Republican Party’s values of lower taxes, less government and personal responsibilities. If elected I will focus on education and jobs."
Excerpt: "About 65.5% of state general funds goes to education in Idaho. I have the educational background, having been a teacher, to see that those funds are properly spent."
Excerpt: "Because of the economy, many people in Idaho are hurting; many are out of work or underemployed. The state has several responsibilities: Keep taxes as low as possible; Provide the best education for our children; Adequately fund essential services; Make Idaho a people-friendly and business-friendly place"



See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Richard Keller was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Fred S. Martin defeated Diego Rodriguez in the Republican primary. Keller was defeated by Martin in the general election. Quane Kenyon, Sr. (R) filed to run but did not appear on the primary ballot.[2][3][4]

Idaho State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFred S. Martin Incumbent 57.7% 7,244
     Democratic Richard Keller 42.3% 5,302
Total Votes 12,546
Idaho State Senate, District 15 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred S. Martin Incumbent 60.3% 2,034
Diego Rodriguez 39.7% 1,339
Total Votes 3,373


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Martin won election in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 15. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 15 and defeated Betty Richardson (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Idaho State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFred S. Martin 52.1% 9,545
     Democratic Betty Richardson 47.9% 8,783
Total Votes 18,328

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Martin is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Martin raised a total of $106,475 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[7]

Fred S. Martin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho State Senate, District 15 Won $106,475
Grand Total Raised $106,475


Martin won election to the Idaho State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Martin raised a total of $106,475.
Idaho State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Fred S. Martin's campaign in 2012
Martin, Fred S$42,200
Martin Web Services$6,500
Fred S Martin$6,000
Satellite Systems$3,000
Martin, Fred$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$106,475
Source: Follow the Money


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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[8]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "impacting economic freedom in the state."


In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[9]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

Idaho Freedom Index

The Idaho Freedom Foundation, an Idaho-based, nonprofit educational research institute, released its "Idaho Freedom Index" in 2013. The index intended to show how Idaho legislators voted on the principles the Foundation seeks to promote. It measured each state legislator based on two tiers, which include whether legislators voted for or against bills that would create or eliminate government agencies, programs, and regulations, and bills that would impact the free market in a positive or negative way. Scores ranged from the highest possible score for members of the state Senate (194 points) and for members of the state House (180 points). A higher score indicated that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Foundation.[10] Martin received a score of -83 points in the 2013 index, ranking 33rd out of 35 members of the Idaho State Senate that were evaluated for the study.


Martin and his wife, Darla, have six children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Andreason (R)
Idaho State Senate District 15
Succeeded by