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Ed Martin
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Candidate for
Attorney General of Missouri
Master'sSt. Louis University
J.D.St. Louis University Law School
Personal website
Campaign website
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Ed Martin is the former chief of staff for Governor Matt Blunt. He ran as a Republican candidate for Attorney General of Missouri in the 2012 statewide election.[1]


Martin's post-graduate academic work centered around the issue of public health. He specialized in health law at St. Louis University and then returned to his alma mater to earn a master's degree in health care ethics. He passed the Missouri Bar but put off a judicial clerkship for an opportunity to direct the Human Rights Office for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis. There he fostered pro-life advocacy and educational programs.[2]

He segued from church service into a law career. He started at the Institute for Justice in Washington, D.C. and then moved to Kansas City to work as a judicial clerk to Honorable Pasco M. Bowman, II. Following his stint under Judge Bowman, Martin shifted into private practice, joining the St. Louis-based international law firm Bryan Cave, LLC, eventually starting his own firm specializing in litigation and small business practice in 2004.[2]


  • J.D., St. Louis University School of Law
  • Master's degree, health care ethics, St. Louis University

Political Career

Martin first stepped into the political spotlight in 2005 with his leadership in the case against former Governor Rod Blagojevich. He was soon appointed to the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners, to which he brought his patented conservative resolve and agenda. After a year tackling ACORN and the implementation of the Help America Vote Act, Governor Matt Blunt tapped Martin to be his chief of staff.[2] He served in this role for almost two years until resigning in late 2007 in the wake of a controversial episode involving the practice of deleting internal office e-mails that putatively divided him and Gov. Blunt.

Martin announced his candidacy for attorney general on January 26, 2012. The attorney general seat was the third post Martin set his sights on during the 2012 election season. Prior to entering the race for Attorney General, Martin staged a brief run first for the U.S. Senate, and then for the U.S. House, representing Missouri's 2nd District.[3], but decided ultimately on challenging Koster in the AG race because of an "almost obsession with stopping the president's health care reform law."[4]


During his two years as chief of staff for former Governor Matt Blunt, Martin established a reputation for being a spark-plug. First he accused then attorney general Jay Nixon of coercing Ameren Corp. to contribute to his gubernatorial campaign. Later, he attracted considerable flack for his remark to the Missouri Housing Development Commission concerning a developer charged with hiring illegal immigrants that "every frigging developer can figure out who is illegal, and when he says - like he told them - there’s a bunch of Mexicans out there, I guess some of them are probably not legal."[5] The comment was considered offensive to Hispanics.

Despite publicly stated reasons about wanting to spend more time with his family, the circumstances behind Martin's resignation from Blunt's staff in 2007 were tinged with suspicion that he was forced out. Before he left, Martin was the principal voice in the controversy surrounding the office's questionable practice of deleting internal e-mails. Blunt initially defended his administration's practices, but then ordered the Office of Administration to save all e-mails. Martin's also shaky position was exposed when an ex-employee surfaced to say Martin fired him for pointing out that e-mails can be public records. When probed for a true explanation about what happened with his chief of staff, the Governor responded by saying that Martin made substantial contributions to the office and that he "remains a friend, someone I respect for his commitment to better Missouri government," but would not confirm that he left entirely of his own accord. Blunt confessed his responses on that subject were deliberately cryptic.[5]



See also: Missouri attorney general election, 2012
See also: Missouri's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Martin ran for Attorney General of Missouri in 2012. He defeated Adam Warren in the Republican primary election on August 7th but was defeated by incumbent Chris Koster (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Attorney General of Indiana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Zoeller Incumbent 58% 1,453,334
     Democratic Kay Fleming 42% 1,051,504
Total Votes 2,504,838
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.


  • Martin won the Republican primary nomination with nearly 72% of the vote.
Missouri Secretary of State Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShane Schoeller 35.3% 193,207
Scott Rupp 34.5% 188,701
Bill Stouffer 30.2% 165,588
Total Votes 547,496
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.

Issue Positions

  • Healthcare Reform


Martin is staunchly behind efforts to repeal the President Obama-led federal healthcare overhaul, widely known as Obamacare. He cited this issue as his reason for entering the attorney general race, believing that officeholder Chris Koster should be challenged on account of his supportive position on the controversial healthcare reform.

  • Judicial appointments
See also: Missouri Plan

Searching for a better process for selecting its judges has been a project the Missouri General Assembly have labored over a great deal in recent years. The hope was that the state could make a few tweaks to the current appointment-based system to improve overall transparency and openness; but with the modifications so far having failed to engender significant spikes in the people's trust in the system, more Missourians are advocating for more radical change- even possibly shifting to judicial elections. Martin spoke out in support of moving from today's system, the convoluted "Missouri Plan" to the “federal system”, which would allow the governor to nominate judges subject to approval by the state Senate. Legislation reflecting this proposed shift has already been considered by the Senate General Assembly and the House Special Standing Committee on Judicial Reform. Asked about a potential move to judicial elections, Martin said, "I don’t know if we’re ready to have elections, but I’m open to it.”[8]


Attorney General 2012

On June 24, the Missouri Republican Party formalized their support for Martin in the GOP primary contest for attorney general simultaneous with the announcement that he had been chosen by state and national party officials to lead the "Missouri Victory 2012 Campaign," the Republican party’s ballot-wide get-out-the-vote effort, as chairman in 2012.[9] Missouri Republican Party Chairman David Cole explained that Martin earned the honor because he "is focused, energetic, and committed to everything he does...He is exactly the kind of leader Republicans need in Missouri during this crucial election year.”[9]

Former Missouri and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his endorsement of Martin's candidacy in the 2012 election. Ashcroft, who has known Martin for years, said he was confident that Martin's private sector experience practicing law, coupled with his "executive governmental responsibilities and legal experience as a clerk of the federal district court eminently qualify him for service as Attorney General of Missouri.”[10] Governor of Texas Rick Perry (R) also supported Martin's bid for the office. He first stumped for Martin at a rally in Cape Giradeau in late June, 2012.[11]

Former and Elected Officials

  • Governor Rick Perry
  • Senator Marco Rubio
  • John Ashcroft
  • Matt Blunt, Former Missouri Governor
  • US Senator Roy Blunt
  • Jim Talent, former US Senator
  • Peter Kinder, Liutenant Governor
  • Congressman Todd Akin
  • Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson
  • Congressman Sam Graves
  • Congressman Billy Long
  • Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler
  • Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer
  • Catherine Hanaway, former Speaker of the House and US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Todd Graves, former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Senator Rob Mayer, President Pro Tem
  • Senator Tom Dempsey, Majority Leader
  • Senator Kevin Engler
  • Senator Mike Kehoe
  • Senator Brad Lager
  • Senator John Lamping
  • Senator Jim Lembke
  • Senator Brian Nieves
  • Senator Ron Richard
  • Senator LuAnn Ridgeway
  • Senator Scott Rupp
  • Senator Rob Schaaf
  • Rep. Steve Tilley, Speaker of the House
  • Rep. Shane Shoeller, Speaker Pro Tem
  • Rep. Tim Jones, Majority Leader
  • Rep. Jeannie Riddle, Asst. Majority Floor Leader
  • Rep. Jason Smith, Majority Whip
  • Rep. Shelley Keeney, Majority Caucus Leader
  • Rep. Sue Allen, Majority Caucus Secretary
  • Rep. John Diel, Chairman of the Rules Committee
  • Rep. Cloria Brown
  • Rep. Kathie Conway
  • Rep. Marsha Haefner
  • Rep. Mark Parkinson
  • Rep. Zach Wyatt
  • Former Rep. Allen Icet
  • Former Rep. Bill Linton


  • Missouri Eagle Forum
  • Organization Directors
  • Clint Bolick, Director of the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation
  • Ron Calzone, Director of Missouri First
  • Ruth Carlson, Executive Director of Eagle Forum
  • David Cole, Chairman of The Missouri Republican Party
  • James Coyne, President of Mid Mo. Patriots
  • Clarence Dula, Former Democratic Secretary for the St. Louis Election Board
  • Bev Ehlen, President of Concerned Women for America
  • Ed Emery, Executive Director of Missouri Fair Tax Organization
  • Matt Hay, Founder of WrongonRed.com
  • Ken Horton, Jefferson County Tea Party President
  • Jaret Jenson, Cass County Young Republican President
  • Susie Johnson, Camden County Republican Club
  • Eddy Justice, 8th District Congressional Chair
  • Joan Langenberg, President of Missouri Eagle Forum
  • Cliff Luber, President of the Lake Area Conservative Club
  • Dr. Scott Magill, former President of Missouri Republican Assembly
  • Linda Ragsdale, Missouri Young Republicans Chair
  • Phyllis Schlafly, President and Founder of Eagle Forum
  • Lloyd Smith, Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party
  • John Wiemann, President of National Pachyderm Club

Conservative Community Leaders

  • Frederick Berry, Retired Colonel
  • Joe Frank, former National Commander of American Legion
  • Paul Hamby, Interim State Coordinator of Campaign for Liberty
  • David Limbaugh, Conservative Columnist
  • Tom Martz, Candidate for State Representative District 131
  • Mark and Mindy Patterson, Wildwood residents and Principals of the Cavalry Group LLC
  • Homer Tourkakis

Committee Chairs

  • Sharon Barnes, St. Louis Republican Central Committee Chair
  • Norman Baxter, Chesterfield township
  • Judy Hon, Chesterfield township
  • Lois Linton, Lafayette Township Committewoman
  • John Putnam, Jasper County Central Committee Chair
  • Celeste Witzel, Oakville Committewoman
  • Kurt Witzel, State Committeman


Campaign donors


Martin lost the election to the position of Missouri Attorney General in 2012. During that election cycle, Martin raised a total of $1,753,478.


Martin has three children with his wife, Carol.[13]



Mailing Address:

PO Box 29480
St. Louis, MO 63126

St. Louis Office:

6037 Hampton Ave
St. Louis, MO 63109

Phone Number:314-256-1776

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