James Martin, Alabama Representative

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James Martin
James Martin (Alabama).jpg
Alabama House of Representatives, District 42
In office
1998-2010, November 5, 2014 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2018
Years in position (current service)1
Years in position (previous service)12
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sJohn A. Gupton College
Date of birthDecember 14, 1938
Office website
James M. "Jimmy" Martin is a Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 42. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014. He previously represented the same district as a Democrat from 1998 to 2010.


Martin's professional experience includes working as coroner for Chilton County and Co-Owner of Martin Funeral Home Incorporated.

Martin is a member of the Alabama Funeral Directors' Association, Chilton County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, First Baptist Church and the Clanton Country Club.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Alabama Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Small Business
Financial Services


During the 2009 legislative session, Martin served on the following committees:


Martin did not provide answers to the Alabama State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]



See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on July 15, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. James Martin defeated incumbent Kurt Wallace in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 42 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Martin 50.6% 4,624
Kurt Wallace Incumbent 49.4% 4,507
Total Votes 9,131


See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Martin lost his re-election bid to the 42nd District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He was defeated by Kurt Wallace in the November 2 general election.[7]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 42 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kurt Wallace (R) 9,382
James Martin (D) 5,452


See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Martin was re-elected to the 42nd District Seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, defeating opponent Allen Caton (R).[8]

Martin raised $142,262 for his campaign, while Caton raised $35,223.[9]

Alabama State House, District 42 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Martin (D) 7,950
Allen Caton (R) 5,061

Campaign donors


In 2006, Martin collected $142,262 in donations.

Below are Martin's top five campaign contributors in the 2006 election:[10]

Contributor 2006 total
Seth Hammett Campaign $24,500
AL Education Assoc $10,000
Business Council of Alabama $7,500
Environmental Campaign Fund $5,000
AL State Employees Assoc $4,728


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Martin and his wife, Norma, have two children.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kurt Wallace (R)
Alabama House District 42
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Alabama House District 42
Succeeded by
Kurt Wallace (R)