Rita Martinson

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Rita Martinson
Rita Martinson.jpg
Mississippi House of Representatives, District 58
In office
1992 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 23
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 5, 1991
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMillsaps College
Date of birthSeptember 11, 1937
Office website
Rita Martinson (b. September 11, 1937) is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 58. She was first elected to the chamber in 1991.

Martinson is not running for re-election to the State House in 2015. Martinson served as Treasurer of the Madison County Republican Executive Committee from 1993 to 1997.


Martinson earned her B.A. from Millsaps College. Her professional experience includes working as a businesswoman, Vice President of GardenWorks, and Marketing/Sales/Vice President of Green Oak Nursery and Florist.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Tourism, Chair
Apportionment and Elections
Railway Development
Ways and Means


During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Martinson served on the following committees:


During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Martinson served on the following committees:



See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Martinson won re-election to District 58 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. She defeated Bobby Dallas in the August 2 primary and was unchallenged in the November 8 general election.[2]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Martinson was re-elected in District 58. She ran unopposed.[3]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 58 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rita Martinson (R) 8,288

Campaign donors


In 2011, Martinson received $55,083 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rita Martinson's campaign in 2011
Martinson, Rita$10,000
Improve Mississippi$6,138
Mississippi Bankers Association$3,000
Mississippi House Republican Conference$2,000
Home Builders Association Of Mississippi$2,000
Total Raised in 2011 $55,083
Total Votes received in 2011 9,665
Cost of each vote received $5.7


In 2007, Martinson collected $8,650 in donations.[5]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Mississippi Medical Association $1,000
Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association $550
Associated General Contractors of Mississippi $500
First Heritage Credit LLC $500
Mississippi Consumer Finance Association $500


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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[6]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[7]


Martinson is married with four children.

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Mississippi House of Representatives District 58
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