Diane Martinez

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Diane Janet Martinez (born January 14, 1953[1][2]) is an American politician who served in the California State Assembly from 1992 until 1998.[3] A resident of Monterey Park,[1] she ran for state Insurance Commissioner in 1998.[3] In the Democratic primary, she was nominated over Hal Brown, Jr., a Marin County Supervisor and cousin of current California Governor Jerry Brown. Martinez lost the general election to the incumbent Republican, Chuck Quackenbush.

Martinez is the daughter of former Congressman Matthew G. Martinez.[4]


  1. ^ a b Mike Ward. "ELECTIONS 49TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 3 Incumbents Clash in Roles as Endorsers". L.A. Times (May 17, 1992).
  2. ^ Manuel Jimenez. "ELECTIONS '92 Latinos May Gain Impact in Assembly". L.A. Times (Oct 8, 1992).
  3. ^ a b "Latino Legislative History & Purpose". California Latino Legislative Caucus.
  4. ^ Anne Rackham. Anger spurs her career: assemblywoman Diane Martinez often makes key decisions based on ire or on the spur of the moment. Los Angeles Business Journal (January 17, 1994)
Political offices
Preceded by
Gwen Moore
California State Assemblywoman, 49th District
1992 – 1998
Succeeded by
Gloria Romero
Party political offices
Preceded by
Art Torres
Democratic Nominee, Insurance Commissioner
Succeeded by
John Garamendi