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{{tnr}}'''Stephen Martin''' has been a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Virginia State Senate]] since 1994, representing the 11th district.
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{{tnr}}'''Stephen Martin''' has been a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Virginia State Senate]] since 1994, representing the 11th district. He sought the 2013 [[Republican]] nomination for [[Lieutenant Governor of Virginia]] but lost at the Republican primary convention on [[Virginia state executive official elections, 2013|May 17-18, 2013]].
  
 
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 [[Virginia House of Delegates|House of Delegates]] from 1988-94.
 
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 [[Virginia House of Delegates|House of Delegates]] from 1988-94.
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===2012-2013===
 
===2012-2013===
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Martin has been appointed to the following committees:
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In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Martin served on the following committees:
 
*[[Commerce and Labor Committee, Virginia Senate|Commerce and Labor Committee]]
 
*[[Commerce and Labor Committee, Virginia Senate|Commerce and Labor Committee]]
 
*[[Education and Health Committee, Virginia Senate|Education and Health]], ''Chairman
 
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==Elections==
 
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===2013===
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::''See also: [[Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013]]''
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Martin was a [[Republican]] candidate for the open seat of [[Lieutenant Governor of Virginia]] in 2013. Incumbent [[Bill Bolling]] (R) is not running for re-election.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/ralph-northam-to-formally-announce-lieutenant-governor-bid/2012/12/06/4eb70730-3fbd-11e2-a2d9-822f58ac9fd5_blog.html ''The Washington Post,'' "Virginia Politics," December 6, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-politics/va-republicans-set-to-nominate-statewide-ticket-for-2013/2013/05/18/a616f92a-bf67-11e2-9b09-1638acc3942e_story.html ''The Washington Post,'' "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013]</ref>
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The Republican Party of Virginia held a closed primary convention on May 17-18, 2013 to nominate its candidates for [[Governor of Virginia|governor]], [[Lieutenant Governor|lt. governor]], and [[Attorney General of Virginia|attorney general]]. The candidate in each field who received the highest number of delegate votes at the convention will advance to the [[Virginia state executive official elections, 2013|November 5, 2013]] general election.
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===Race background===
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====2013 Campaign themes====
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Martin outlines his priorities for the office of lieutenant governor on his [http://senatorstevemartin.com/issues official campaign website:
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*'''Taxes and Spending:'''
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"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.<ref name=issues>[http://senatorstevemartin.com/issues ''Steve Martin Lieutenant Governor Campaign Website,'' "Issues," accessed March 21, 2013]</ref>
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*'''Immigration Reform:'''
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"Virginia was established by immigrants. My own family includes a rich heritage of Norwegian immigrants. Legal immigrants of every ethnic background seek refuge and opportunity in this great land. Legal immigrants begin their journey in the United States with respect for our laws."<ref name=issues/>
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*'''Eminent Domain:'''
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"The right to private property is one of the foundations of our Republic and is clearly stated as a fundamental right in Virginia’s Constitution, but the Constitution is apparently not safe from bad court decisions. After the devastating US Supreme Court ruling, Kelo Vs. City Of New London, it became clear that Virginia needed to go an additional mile to protect our citizen’s property rights. 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."<ref name=issues/>
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*'''Family Matters:'''
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"The strength of our communities is dependent on the strength of our families, and the individuals that comprise them. While government cannot directly affect the heart and will of the individual, it can and does set a standard for what is or is not acceptable behavior. Nothing is more important in determining these standards than the value we place on human life."<ref name=issues/>
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*'''Education:'''
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"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."<ref name=issues/>
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===2011===
 
===2011===
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia State Senate elections, 2011]]''
 
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==Personal==
 
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Martin was born in [[Sunshinereview:Chesterfield County, Virginia|Chesterfield County, Virginia]] on June 15, 1956.  
 
Martin was born in [[Sunshinereview:Chesterfield County, Virginia|Chesterfield County, Virginia]] on June 15, 1956.  
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*[[Virginia Senate]]
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Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin.jpg
Virginia Senate District 11
Incumbent
In office
1994 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 20
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$178/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1993
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday06/15/1956
Place of birthChesterfield County, VA
ProfessionLegislator
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Stephen Martin has been a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate since 1994, representing the 11th district. He sought the 2013 Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia but lost at the Republican primary convention on May 17-18, 2013.

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

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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.

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Martin was a Republican candidate for the open seat of Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2013. Incumbent Bill Bolling (R) is not running for re-election.[1][2]

The Republican Party of Virginia held a closed primary convention on May 17-18, 2013 to nominate its candidates for governor, lt. governor, and attorney general. The candidate in each field who received the highest number of delegate votes at the convention will advance to the November 5, 2013 general election.

Race background

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling (R) did not seek re-election in 2013. Nine candidates filed to fill the imminently-open executive seat, including two Democrats and seven Republicans. State Sen. Ralph Northam defeated Aneesh Chopra for the Democratic Party's nomination for lieutenant governor in the June 11 primary election.[3] Northam's general election opponent was Republican E.W. Jackson. Jackson was nominated by delegates of the Virginia Republican Party at the party-funded statewide primary convention on May 17-18.[4] Northam and Jackson faced off in the Nov. 5, 2013 general election, and Northam won by a margin of over 10 percentage points.[5]

When Virginia voters elected Democrat L. Douglas Wilder, the grandson of slaves, as its 66th Governor in 1989, it was the first time an African-American was elected to the office in the nation's history.[6] Given the state's heritage of trailblazing, it is notable that until Jackson's convention victory, Virginia Republicans had not nominated an African-American for any statewide office since backing Maurice Dawkins' a quarter of a century ago.[7]

A minister at a non-denominational church and relatively new member of the Republican Party, Jackson edged out six primary opponents by emphasizing his commitment to hallmark conservative issues such as smaller government, gun rights and traditional family values. He appealed to the delegation with the promise, "We will not only win an election in November, we will open the hearts and minds of our people and save this commonwealth and save this country."[8]

Regardless of his post-convention promise, Jackson was an unwelcome choice for the state's Republican establishment from the start, thanks to his refusal to divert from, or soften the rhetoric of, his "liberty agenda." The agenda contained the issues mentioned above, none of which were earth-shattering stances for a conservative; Jackson was anti-Obamacare, pro-Second Amendment and anti-federal overreach. His approach to delivering these messages, however, rose more concerns - as well as eyebrows - from the party than was originally anticipated. In August, Jackson referred to the Democratic Party as the "anti-God party" because of its supportive position on same-sex marriage and abortion, cementing his reputation for being impermeable to warnings about how his often inflammatory rhetoric might alienate swing voters or more moderate Republican voters heading into the general election. Then on Sept. 4, The Washington Post reported that his independent streak also extended to his behind the scenes campaign style. After securing the nomination in May, Jackson had not taken advantage of the Virginia Republican Party's massive pool of campaign resources. He declined offers to utilize the party's voter databases and related logistical tools in addition to field office venues across the state- a "virtually unheard-of forfeiture of resources for a statewide candidate."[9]

On the Democratic end, Northam, a pediatric neurologist who was first elected to the state legislature's upper chamber in 2008, wanted to win the lt. governor's office in order to restore Democratic control over the state senate. His campaign focused on improving education and creating jobs in energy efficiency, in addition to reversing the direction the Republican leadership had taken the state on women's health issues. "Their crusades to shut down reproductive health centers and to mandate costly and invasive medical procedures for women seeking abortions have embarrassed the Commonwealth, and have inserted government between doctors and their patients."[10][11]

The final campaign finance reporting cycle prior to the general election showed Northam maintaining an ample fundraising lead over Jackson, adding to the consistent edge he had shown in the polls. Jackson's remarkable refusal to accept assistance from the Republican Party had no doubt hindered him from overtaking Northam in money and/or voter support. His proven difficulties adhering to the state board of elections' filing protocols, having twice needed to amend his documentation of loans or donations, likewise boded unfavorably for the GOP nominee heading into the home stretch of what was an ultimately unsuccessful campaign.[12][13]


2013 Campaign themes

Martin outlines his priorities for the office of lieutenant governor on his [http://senatorstevemartin.com/issues official campaign website:

  • Taxes and Spending:

"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.[14]

  • Immigration Reform:

"Virginia was established by immigrants. My own family includes a rich heritage of Norwegian immigrants. Legal immigrants of every ethnic background seek refuge and opportunity in this great land. Legal immigrants begin their journey in the United States with respect for our laws."[14]

  • Eminent Domain:

"The right to private property is one of the foundations of our Republic and is clearly stated as a fundamental right in Virginia’s Constitution, but the Constitution is apparently not safe from bad court decisions. After the devastating US Supreme Court ruling, Kelo Vs. City Of New London, it became clear that Virginia needed to go an additional mile to protect our citizen’s property rights. 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."[14]

  • Family Matters:

"The strength of our communities is dependent on the strength of our families, and the individuals that comprise them. While government cannot directly affect the heart and will of the individual, it can and does set a standard for what is or is not acceptable behavior. Nothing is more important in determining these standards than the value we place on human life."[14]

  • Education:

"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."[14]

2011

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.[15]

2007

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.[16]

Martin raised $297,893 for his campaign while McMurtrie raised $82,987; Habeck raised $104,491; and Cook raised $694.[17]

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

2011

In 2011, Martin received $161,047 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[18]

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
Altria$3,000
Virginia Dental Association$3,000
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association$3,000
Total Raised in 2011 $161,047

2007

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

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."

Personal

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

See also

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References

  1. The Washington Post, "Virginia Politics," December 6, 2012
  2. The Washington Post, "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013
  3. Blue Virginia, "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013
  4. The Washington Post, "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013
  5. Virginia State Board of Elections, "2013 Statewide Unofficial Results," accessed November 6, 2013
  6. Encyclopedia Virginia, “L. Douglas Wilder (1931- ), accessed August 7, 2013
  7. Afro.com, "Virginia GOP Nominates Conservative Black Minister for Lt. Gov.," May 19, 2013
  8. The Washington Post, "Virginia GOP picks staunch conservatives as statewide candidates," May 18, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "Jackson keeps GOP establishment at arm's length in Va. lieutenant governor campaign," September 4, 2013
  10. Official Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed March 20, 2013
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named demprim
  12. The Washington Post, "McAuliffe tops Cuccinelli in fundraising race for Virginia governor," September 17, 2013
  13. The Richmond Times-Dispatch, "McAuliffe maintains cash edge over Cuccineli," September 17, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Steve Martin Lieutenant Governor Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed March 21, 2013
  15. Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
  16. 2007 Election Results, Virginia Senate, District 11
  17. 2007 Campaign Spending, Virginia Senate, District 11
  18. Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
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