Dean Martin (politician)

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Dean Martin
41st Treasurer of Arizona
In office
January 2007 – January 2011
Preceded by Elliott Hibbs
Succeeded by Doug Ducey
Arizona State Senator
In office
January 2001 – January 2007
Personal details
Political party Republican

Kerry Martin (1995-2009) deceased

Dusti Martin (Present)
Residence Phoenix, Arizona

Dean Martin was the Arizona state treasurer from 2007 to 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he defeated the Democratic Party candidate, Rano Singh, in the 2006 general election. Previously, Martin had been a member of the Arizona Senate.[1]


Martin graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in small business management and entrepreneurship.[2]

Arizona senate[edit]

As a member of the Arizona Senate, Martin's first piece of legislation was "Chris' Law" which prevents child predators from posting bail.[3] This bill was inspired by a 12-year-old student named Chris Cottrell. The bill became Prop 103 "Chris' Law".[4] It passed in 2002 with 80.4% of the vote.[5] While in the Senate, Martin served as chairman of the senate finance committee.[2]

Arizona treasurer[edit]

Martin was elected Arizona state treasurer in 2006 and assumed office, in January 2007. As treasurer, Martin also served as the chairman of the Board of Investment and Loan Commission, as the surveyor general and on the Land Selection Board. As treasurer, Martin was second in line of succession to the governor, since incumbent Arizona secretary of state Ken Bennett was appointed and not elected to office.[2][6]

2010 gubernatorial campaign[edit]

Martin announced his bid for governor of Arizona, on January 11, 2010.[7] Polling done on January 25, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports had Martin narrowly leading incumbent governor and fellow Republican Jan Brewer 31% to 29% in a hypothetical Republican primary.[8] As of March 23, 2010, Rasmussen showed Martin leading presumed Democratic nominee Arizona attorney general Terry Goddard, 43% to 38%, in a hypothetical general election match up.[9] Martin suspended his campaign for governor, on July 9, 2010. By then Brewer had garnered national attention after signing anti-immigration legislation, Senate Bill 1070, and he had fallen to third in some polls.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Martin married his wife Kerry in 1995. She died on May 25, 2009, of complications from childbirth four hours after giving birth to a son, Austin Michael Martin, who died two days later.[11][12] Martin subsequently established Martin Charities to continue his wife's charitable efforts in water safety and financial literacy.[2]


  1. ^ Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin
  2. ^ a b c d [1] Archived May 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Pela, Robrt L. (November 21, 2002). "A Big Brain on Bad Sex". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "2002 Ballot Propositions". Arizona Secretary of State. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "STATE OF ARIZONA OFFICIAL CANVASS" (PDF). 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Format Document". Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  7. ^ FISCHER, HOWARD (January 11, 2010). "Martin announces candidacy for governor". East Valley Tribune. Archived from the original on February 18, 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Election 2010: Arizona Republican Primary for Governor". Rasmussen Reports. January 25, 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  9. ^ [2].
  10. ^ "Arizona treasurer Dean Martin suspends bid for governor". Arizona Republic. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "State treasurer's wife dies" (Arizona Republic article)
  12. ^ "Arizona treasurer also loses baby son" (Arizona Daily Star article)