Dean Martin (politician)
|State Treasurer of Arizona|
January 2007 – January 2011
|Succeeded by||Doug Ducey|
|Arizona State Senator|
January 2001 – January 2007
|Spouse(s)||Kerry Martin (1995-2009) deceased
Dusti Martin (Present)
He married his wife Kerry in 1995. She died on May 25, 2009, of complications from childbirth four hours after giving birth to a son, Austin Michael Martin, who died two days later. Martin subsequently established Martin Charities to continue his wife's charitable efforts in water safety and financial literacy.
As a member of the Arizona Senate, Martin's first piece of legislation was "Chris' Law" which prevents child predators from posting bail. This bill was inspired by a 12-year-old student named Chris Cottrell. The bill became Prop 103 "Chris' Law". It passed in 2002 with 80.4% of the vote. While in the Senate, Martin served as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
Martin was elected Arizona State Treasurer in 2006 and assumed office in January 2007. As Treasurer, Martin also served as the Chairman of the State Board of Investment and State Loan Commission, as the State Surveyor General and on the State Land Selection Board. As Treasurer, Martin was second in line of succession to the governor since incumbent Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett was appointed and not elected to office.
2010 gubernatorial campaign
Martin announced his bid for Governor of Arizona on January 11, 2010. Polling done on January 25, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports had Martin narrowly leading incumbent governor and fellow Republican Jan Brewer 31% to 29% in a hypothetical Republican primary. As of March 23, 2010, Rasmussen Reports showed Martin leading presumed Democratic nominee Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard 43% to 38% in a hypothetical general election match up. Martin suspended his campaign for governor on July 9, 2010.
- Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin
- "State treasurer's wife dies" (Arizona Republic article)
- "Arizona treasurer also loses baby son" (Arizona Daily Star article)
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- "2002 Ballot Propositions". Arizona Secretary of State. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
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- FISCHER, HOWARD (January 11, 2010). "Martin announces candidacy for governor". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 7 March 2010.[dead link]
- "Election 2010: Arizona Republican Primary for Governor". Rasmussen Reports. January 25, 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- "Arizona treasurer Dean Martin suspends bid for governor". Arizona Republic. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
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