David Martin (Nebraska politician)

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David Thomas Martin

David Thomas Martin (July 9, 1907 – May 15, 1997) was a Republican politician from western Nebraska who served seven terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1961 to 1975.

Martin was born in Kearney, Nebraska and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1929 before entering the lumber business. He was a member of the Nebraska Republican Committee and Republican National Committee in the 1950s; in 1954, he was an unsuccessful primary candidate for United States Senate.

Martin ran for Congress in 1960, defeating freshman Democrat Donald McGinley by a slim margin. He served as minority chairman of House Rules Committee and was also a member of the Education and Labor Committee. He was Ranking Republican on the Rules Committee in his last three terms. He cochaired with Rep. Richard Howard Ichord, Jr. of Missouri the Select Committee on the Reorganization of the Congress in 1973-74.[citation needed] In 1974, he was a floor leader in the confirmation of Nelson Rockefeller, his Dartmouth classmate, as Vice President of the United States.[citation needed]

After leaving Congress, Martin became a member of the Nebraska State College Board and was a visiting professor. In 1980, he served as Nebraska chairman for the unsuccessful presidential bid of George H. W. Bush.[citation needed]

Martin died in his hometown of Kearney after suffering from pneumonia at age 89.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Donald Francis McGinley (D)
United States Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Nebraska
1961 - 1963
Succeeded by
Seat merged
Preceded by
Ralph F. Beermann (R)
United States Representative for the 3rd Congressional District of Nebraska
1963 - 1975
Succeeded by
Virginia Smith (R)