Peter F. Martin
|Peter F. Martin
|Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
from the 75th district
6 January 2009
|Preceded by||Steven J. Coaty (R-75)|
May 3, 1941 |
Newport, Rhode Island
|Residence||Newport, Rhode Islandj|
|Alma mater||Providence College,
|Profession||Retired Software Application and Product Marketing Consultant|
Peter F. Martin (born 1941) is an American politician who is a Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. He has represented the 75th District Newport since January 2009. He is currently serves on the House Committees on Judiciary and Veteran’s Affairs. During his earlier terms of office he has served on the House Committees on Small Business, Separation of Powers, Municipal Government, and Government Oversight.
In August 2010, Representative Martin was appointed to a three year term as the Rhode Island Legislative Commissioner on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
During the 2011 legislative session, Representative Martin was successful in obtaining a pardon for John Gordon, an Irish immigrant who was hanged in 1845 for the murder of Amasa Sprague, a Rhode Island mill owner. The pardon was granted and signed by Governor Lincoln Chafee based on a House Judiciary Committee hearing in which conclusive evidence was presented that John Gordon had been given an unfair hearing by a prejudiced court. In April 2013, a book which documents this effort entitled "The Hanging & Redemption of John Gordon" was written by Rhode Island Deputy Secretary of State Paul Caranci.
Representative Martin is a member of the board of directors of the Museum of Newport Irish History in Newport, Rhode Island [and their webmaster]. http://www.newportirishhistory.org
In addition to this pardon, Representative Martin was able to get legislation passed to assist the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to expedite its investigation of traders of Child Pornography and other Cybercrimes. 
Rep. Martin was awarded the '2011 Legislative of the Year Award' by the National Association of Social Workers, Rhode Island Chapter in June 2011. Representative Martin was chosen for "his consistent work in the legislature for matters of importance to the association and especially for his legislative and personal efforts in the areas of homelessness and mental health issues". A former student at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, he now serves on the board of directors at the Newport County Community Mental Health Center.
In the 2012 legislation session, Rep. Martin introduced a bill which would honor military veterans by allowing them to request that their status as an honorably discharged veteran be imprinted on either their operator's license or their state issued identification card. The bill was passed by the House and Senate. It was signed by Governor Lincoln Chafee and became effective on September 1, 2012. He was unopposed for reelection in November 2012.
In April 2013, Representative Martin was awarded a plaque as the "Legislator of the Year" at the 78th Annual Disabled American Veterans Department Convention in Warwick, RI. Representative Martin continues his efforts to bring support and honor to the United States veterans. He submitted a resolution honoring 2nd Lt. Robert Thorpe, a WWII veteran who was shot down and murdered on May 27, 1944. This lead to 2nd Lt. Thorpe being posthumously awarded the Rhode Island Star, the highest military honor conveyed by the State of Rhode Island. As a result, Representative Martin was invited to speak at the 2013 Reunion of the 39th Fighter Squardron in October 2013 at San Antonio, Tx.
Representative Martin, a long time software developer has build many websites including his own: www.stacyhouse.com.
He is also actively working on the production of a Newport based movie: "Bellevue Avenue", which is based on the gilded ages in Newport. For further information click on: www.bellevueavenue.us
- "Representative Peter F. Martin". Rhode Island General Assembly. Retrieved 8 Nov 2009.
- Rhode Island House - Representative Peter F. Martin official RI House website
- http://stacyhouse.com/ Representative Martin's personal website.