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Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin.jpg
Virginia Senate District 11
In office
1994 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 21
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$169/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1993
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth06/15/1956
Place of birthChesterfield County, VA
Office website
Campaign website
Stephen Martin has been a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate since 1994, representing the 11th district.

Martin was educated at Lynchburg Christian Academy. Martin is a CLU, Insurance Consultant and Securities Dealer and principal in Martin Financial Services. Martin is a member of Swift Creek Baptist Church. Previously, Martin was a member of the House of Delegates from 1988-94.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Martin served on the following committees:


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Martin served on the following committees:

District 11

Martin represents Virginia Senate District 11. Senate District 11 includes Chesterfield County(part), Colonial Heights.



See also: Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Martin plans to seek the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2013.[1]


See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Martin won re-election to District 11 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[2]


On Nov. 6, 2007, Martin won re-election to the 11th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponents Alex McMurtrie, Roger Habeck and Hank Cook.[3]

Martin raised $297,893 for his campaign while McMurtrie raised $82,987; Habeck raised $104,491; and Cook raised $694.[4]

Virginia State Senate, District 11 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen Martin (R) 16,478 62.41%
Alex McMurtrie (D) 4,852 18.37%
Roger Habeck (I) 3,879 14.69%
Hank Cook (I) 1,138 4.31%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Martin received $161,047 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Martin (Virginia)'s campaign in 2011
Virginia Senate Republican Caucus$4,222
Virginia Health Care Association$3,000
Virginia Dental Association$3,000
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association$3,000
Total Raised in 2011 $161,047


Below are Martin's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2007 election:

Contributor 2007 total
Virginia Senate Leadership Trust $20,000
Home Builders Association of Virginia $11,452
Virginia Dental Association $5,663
Federal Victory Fund $5,000
Markel Corporation $5,000


Campaign themes


Martin's campaign website lists the following issues:

  • Education
Excerpt: "It is our responsibility to assure a quality educational opportunity for all of Virginia’s children, regardless of their geography or family’s financial condition. Many have the financial means to choose where their children will attend school by purchasing their homes in the right neighborhood or their willingness to pay the necessary tuition. "
  • Family Matters
Excerpt: "I believe that life is sacred, must be protected and begins at conception...I truly believe that marriage, properly defined, can only exist between one man and one woman."
  • Eminent Domain
Excerpt: "No one should have their property taken from them for another’s personal gain, an increase in tax revenue or for an increase in employment."
  • Immigration Reform
Excerpt: "As a state we alone cannot stop the infusion of illegal immigrants, but we can remove incentives. I will take the lead with compassionate initiatives to protect US citizens and taxpayers from those who would break our laws. To do so, we need to make sure law enforcement is well equipped to address illegal immigration issues locally when the federal government falls short."
  • Public Safety
Excerpt: "Organized gangs are on the rise in Chesterfield and Colonial Heights, as is the violence and the havoc they wreak. I appreciate the work that our Chesterfield and Colonial Heights Police Forces are doing to combat this menace. However, the problem exists around the entire Commonwealth."
  • Jobs and Economic Opportunity
Excerpt: "I tell the employers in our area that the best thing they can do for me is to keep my fellow citizens well employed. That being true, it is my job to help maintain a business-friendly environment so that these businesses can prosper."
  • Taxes and Spending
Excerpt: "Forty percent of the average family’s earnings go to pay taxes at the federal, state or local level. Virginians don’t mind paying taxes if it is fair and the money is wisely spent. As your Senator, I have and will continue to fight against efforts to raise your taxes for every excuse that comes around the corner."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "First, funds that are dedicated to meet our transportation needs in our Transportation Trust Fund should not be at risk of being diverted to pay for other non-transportation programs or projects. We need to restore “trust” to the trust fund."


Martin was born in Chesterfield County, Virginia on June 15, 1956.

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