John L. Martin

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John L. Martin
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
from the 151st district
In office
2014 – present
Preceded byMichael Nadeau
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
from the 1st district
In office
Succeeded byMichael Nadeau
In office
Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 35th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1941-06-05) June 5, 1941 (age 78)
Eagle Lake, Maine
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceEagle Lake, Maine
Alma materUniversity of Maine
Professioneducator, University of Maine

John L. Martin (born June 5, 1941, in Eagle Lake, Maine) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. Martin has been in Maine politics since his first election to the Maine House of Representatives in 1964, and is sometimes called "The Earl of Eagle Lake" as a result.[1] With his election in 2014, he is the longest serving legislator in Maine history.[2]

Political career[edit]

Martin was a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1964 through 1994, serving as Minority Floor Leader from 1971 through 1974. Following that he was elected Speaker of the House from 1975 through 1994. In 1992, one of his aides was convicted in a ballot tampering scandal involving two close House races. It is believed that, combined with his length of service, contributed to Maine voters approving legislative term limits in 1993.[1][3] In criticizing term limits in 2014, Governor Paul LePage cited Martin as an example of how experienced legislators would benefit the State as opposed to inexperienced legislators with "firm agendas".[4]

From 1998 through 2008, Martin represented the 35th district in the Maine Senate. During that time he also served as Assistant Majority Leader.

In 2008, Martin was again elected to the House. He was defeated for re-election in 2012 by Republican Michael Nadeau. Martin stated it was due to money and negative campaigning, stating that "If you throw enough mud around, some of it’s going to stick." [1] Financial problems, including failing to pay back loans from two government agencies for his Tamarack Inn, as well as a bankruptcy, may also have played a role in his defeat. He did not rule out running in the future, and said he would remain involved in politics.[3]

Martin filed to enter the 2014 race for his old seat, which was re-numbered District 151.[5] State records erroneously listed him as a Republican despite his still being a Democrat. Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap stated the error would be corrected.[6] Martin defeated Nadeau in the November 4, 2014 election.[7]


Martin is single.[8]


In 1963, Martin received his BA in History/Government from the University of Maine Orono.[8]

Political experience[edit]

  • From 1964-1994, 2008-2012, and again from 2014–present, Martin has been a representative for the Maine State House of Representatives
  • In 2008 was an assistant Majority Leader for the Maine State Senate
  • From 2000-2008 was a Senator for Maine State Senate
  • From 1975-1994 was a Speaker of the House for the Maine State House
  • From 1971-1974 was a House Minority Floor Leader for the Maine State House
  • Member of the Democratic National Committee[8]

Professional experience[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "John Martin, among nation's longest-serving state legislators, defeated in County". Bangor Daily News. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Longest-serving Maine lawmaker back for 24th term". Kennebec Journal. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Rep. Martin had problems paying off taxes and loans from two government agencies". Bangor Daily News. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  4. ^ "LePage says legislative term limits should be 'thrown out the window'". Bangor Daily News. 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
  5. ^ "John Martin launches bid to return to Maine Legislature". Bangor Daily News. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Former Democratic Speaker John Martin turns Republican?!". Bangor Daily News. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Republicans lead in Maine Senate seats, Democrats may lose seats in the House". Bangor Daily News. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d "Representative John Martin Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 28 October 2012.

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