John L. Martin
|John L. Martin|
|Member of the Maine House of Representatives
from the 1st district
|Member of the Maine Senate
from the 35th district
June 5, 1941 |
Eagle Lake, Maine
|Residence||Eagle Lake, Maine|
|Alma mater||University of Maine|
|Profession||educator, University of Maine|
John L. Martin (born June 5, 1941, in Eagle Lake, Maine) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. Martin has been in Maine politics since his first election to the Maine House of Representatives in 1964.
Martin was a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1964 through 1994, serving as Minority Floor Leader from 1971 through 1974. Following that he was elected Speaker of the House from 1975 through 1994. In 1992, one of his aides was convicted in a ballot tampering scandal involving two close House races. It is believed that, combined with his length of service, contributed to Maine voters approving legislative term limits in 1993. In criticizing term limits in 2014, Governor Paul LePage cited Martin as an example of how experienced legislators would benefit the State as opposed to inexperienced legislators with "firm agendas". 
From 1998 through 2008, Martin represented the 35th district in the Maine Senate. During that time he also served as Assistant Majority Leader.
In 2008, Martin was again elected to the House. He was defeated for re-election in 2012 by Republican Michael Nadeau. Martin stated it was due to money and negative campaigning, stating that "If you throw enough mud around, some of it’s going to stick."  Financial problems, including failing to pay back loans from two government agencies for his Tamarack Inn, as well as a bankruptcy, may also have played a role in his defeat. He has not ruled out running in the future, and states he will remain involved in politics.
Martin has filed to enter the 2014 race for his old seat, now numbered District 151.  State records erroneously listed him as a Republican despite his still being a Democrat. Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap stated the error would be corrected. 
Martin is single.
- From 1964-1994, and from 2008-present, Martin has been a representative for the Maine State House of Representatives
- In 2008 was an assistant Majority Leader for the Maine State Senate
- From 2000-2008 was a Senator for Maine State Senate
- From 1975-1994 was a Speaker of the House for the Maine State House
- From 1971-1974 was a House Minority Floor Leader for the Maine State House
- Member of the Democratic National Committee
- Is an Assistant Professor in Political Science and Government at the University of Maine Fort Kent.
- Takes part in graduate work in Political Science at the University of Maine Orono.
- "John Martin, among nation’s longest-serving state legislators, defeated in County". Bangor Daily News. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- "Rep. Martin had problems paying off taxes and loans from two government agencies". Bangor Daily News. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- "LePage says legislative term limits should be ‘thrown out the window’". Bangor Daily News. 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
- "John Martin launches bid to return to Maine Legislature". Bangor Daily News. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- "Former Democratic Speaker John Martin turns Republican?!". Bangor Daily News. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- "Representative John Martin Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- Maine Senate Democrats - Senator John L. Martin official government website
- Project Vote Smart - Representative-elect John L. Martin (ME) profile
- Follow the Money - John L. Martin