Martha Fuller Clark

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Martha Fuller Clark
NH Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth).jpg
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
from the 21st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 2012 (2012-Dec)
Preceded by Nancy Stiles
In office
December 2004 (2004-Dec) – December 2010 (2010-Dec)
Preceded by Iris Estabrook
Succeeded by Nancy Stiles
Personal details
Born (1942-03-14) March 14, 1942 (age 72)
York, Maine
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Geoffrey Clark
Children Caleb, Nathaniel and Anna
Residence Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Alma mater Boston University
Mills College
Profession Architectural Historian
Religion Unitarian

Martha Fuller Clark (born March 14, 1942, in York, Maine) is a Democratic member of the New Hampshire Senate, representing the 21st District since 2012, and having represented the 24th District from 2004 through 2010. Prior to her Senate service she was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1990 through 2002. Fuller Clark first ran for the United States Congress to represent New Hampshire's 1st congressional district in 2000 but was defeated by then incumbent representative John E. Sununu. She ran again in 2002, but lost to former Congressman Jeb Bradley. Today, Sen. Clark serves as Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and a member of Democratic National Committee, serving on the Resolutions Committee. In 2008 and again in 2012 she was a co-chair of the New Hampshire Committee to elect Barack Obama President of the United States and was a member of the United States Electoral College in 2008, when she cast one of New Hampshire's four electoral votes for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Additionally she serves on a number of boards and commissions in her community. She recently retired as President of the Board of Strawbery Banke, and continues to serve as on the board. She is also an advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is the past President of Scenic America.

Martha Fuller Clark earned a master’s degree in art history from Boston University, and an undergraduate degree from Mills College. She was born and raised in York, Maine. Since 1973, she and her husband, Dr. Geoffrey Clark, have lived in the city of Portsmouth where they raised their three children, Caleb, Nathaniel and Anna. Fuller Clark is daughter of environmental activist and former Maine legislator Marion Fuller Brown.

2010 election[edit]

On November 2, 2010, Republicans reclaimed control of both chambers of the state legislature. Clark was one of the casualties, losing her seat to Republican Nancy F. Stiles by a narrow 538-vote margin.

2012 election[edit]

On November 6, 2012, Sen. Clark was returned to the New Hampshire Senate from the newly-redrawn 21st District, which includes her hometown of Portsmouth. She won by over 11,000 votes - the largest margin of victory for any contested candidate in the 2012 NH Senate elections.

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