|Born||August 1, 1969|
|Known for||Austin City Council Member|
Michael W. "Mike" Martinez (August 1, 1969) is the current Place 2 Austin City Council member in Austin, Texas,. He currently serves as the board chair of the Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority. Martinez was first elected to the Austin City Council in 2006, and he was re-elected in 2009 and 2012. Before taking office in 2006, Martinez worked for the Austin Fire Department for 13 years, a majority of which he was the head of the firefighter's union.
Martinez serves as chair of the Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprise and Small Business Council Subcommittee. He is a member of the Judicial Committee, Public Health and Human Services Subcommittee, and he sits on the Capital Metro Board of Directors.
April 7, 2013 as he addressed the Bloomberg sponsored 'Texas Rally for Gun Sense' Martinez stated his intention to ban guns. Martinez singled out a man holding a "Stop the Gun Ban" sign and said "to the gentleman who is dying for attention, someone needs to inform him that there is no gun ban currently, but because of the work we’re doing here today, we will make your sign legitimate shortly, so you hang on to that." 
Mike Martinez is currently attending the University of Texas School of Social Work. He is a graduate of Leadership Austin, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs West Point Military Leadership Program, though he is not a military veteran.
In 2004, Mike Martinez led a successful campaign to win collective bargaining rights for firefighters in Austin, Texas. In 2009, Mike Martinez was the lead sponsor on a city ordinance that banned the "writing, sending or viewing electronic messages on a cell phone, BlackBerry, iPhone or any other wireless communication device while driving."
On February 25, 2011 it was reported that Councilman Martinez had referred to City Manager Marc Ott and an Assistant City Manager, both of whom are African-Americans, as "jokes" in an email exchange with Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell. Martinez apologized for his e-mail comment, adding "I regret any instance where my criticisms may have been too personal." One day later, the Austin chapter of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed an open records request and an ethics complaint against Martinez and Mayor Leffingwell. The City of Austin Ethics Review Commission dismissed the NAACP complaints against Martinez and Leffingwell on April 12, 2011.
In his initial response to an early 2011 public information request for email exchanges between Austin City Council members, Mike Martinez released fewer than a dozen emails.Later, Martinez acknowledged that his office did not collect and release all of the emails responsive to the request. "This is a complete oversight on my part," Martinez said. "There was never an intent to withhold any responsive e-mails, and I accept full responsibility for the oversight.".
On March 7, 2011 it was announced that the Travis County Attorney would be seeking emails and documents from Capital Metro to determine to whether or not Martinez and other members of the board were meeting in small groups to avoid a quorum.
It was reported in the Austin American-Statesman on April 5, 2011, that Councilman Martinez, along with all but one other councilmember, had decided to forego the $75 monthly taxpayer stipend for cell phone use. "This is my personal phone, and I want to keep it as such. If there are rules I need to comply with, I need to know what the rules are, and they are very unclear." said Martinez in regards to the on-going open meetings and records investigation by the county attorney.
Close to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2011 Martinez, released more personal emails. As the Austin American-Statesman reported, "Martinez used an obscene, derogatory term to describe opponents of a memorial marker planned for East Live Oak Street to honor slain police officer Ralph Ablanedo. The marker was erected in February. He said Friday night that the language he used in describing the memorial opponents was inappropriate but that he also wrote the email without contemplating whether it would be released."
Election code violation
While voting on May 3, 2011, Martinez snapped a photo of his completed ballot and posted it to Facebook, an apparent violation of state election law as cameras and recording devices are not allowed within 100 feet of a polling location. Martinez responded by deleting the photo from his account.
Martinez was reelected in his closest race on Saturday May 12, 2012 over his opponent, Laura Pressley. Pressley, a libertarian, had called for a person with business experience on the council..
|2012 Austin City Council Place 2|
|2006 Austin City Council Place 2|
|2009 Austin City Council Place 2|
- City of Austin. http://www.austintexas.gov/biography/council-member
- "Council Member Mike Martinez - Biography". Retrieved 12 February 2014.
- LaFlure, Rebecca (February 25, 2012). "Background Investigation: Mike Martinez; Here's What the Public Records Say About the Council Member Running for Re-election". The Austin Bulldog. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
- "Changes to the Capital Metro Board" (Press release). Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 1, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- "City Council". Lee Leffingwell, Austin Mayor. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- Coppola, Sarah (October 22, 2009). "Council passes texting ban". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
- "Best of Austin 2009 - Best Council Member: Mike Martinez". The Austin Chronicle. 2009. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
- "Best of Austin 2010 - Best Council Member: Mike Martinez". The Austin Chronicle. 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
- Plohetski, Tony (February 25, 2011). "Council e-mails obtained by Statesman". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- Plohetski, Tony; Coppola, Sarah (February 26, 2011). "Mayor, council members apologize for e-mailed remarks". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- Salazar, John A. (February 28, 2012). "NAACP files ethics complaint against Leffingwell, Martinez". Your News Now (Time Warner Cable). Retrieved April 18, 2012.
- City of Austin Ethics Review Commission Minutes. April 12, 2011 http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=161998
- Coppola, Sarah; Plohetski, Tony (March 1, 2011). "Martinez says he'll hand over hundreds more e-mails". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- Plohetski, Tony; Wear, Ben (March 7, 2011). "Capital Metro documents sought; County attorney interested in transit agency documents as part of open meetings review". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- Plohetski, Tony (April 4, 2011). "Council members ending cellphone stipend amid open records inquiry". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- Plohetski, Tony; Coppola, Sarah; Toohey, Marty (April 8, 2011). "In new email release, more name-calling but no clear violations of open government laws". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- Vail, Isadora (May 3, 2011). "Martinez posts ballot on Facebook". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved March 23, 2012.