Lynn Morley Martin

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Lynn Morley Martin
Lynn Morley Martin.jpg
21st United States Secretary of Labor
In office
February 7, 1991 – January 20, 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byElizabeth Dole
Succeeded byRobert Reich
Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1989
LeaderBob Michel
Preceded byJack Edwards
Succeeded byBill McCollum
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1991
Preceded byJohn Anderson
Succeeded byJohn Cox
Personal details
Judith Lynn Morley

(1939-12-26) December 26, 1939 (age 79)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Harry Leinenweber
EducationUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (BA)

Lynn Morley Martin (born Judith Lynn Morley; December 26, 1939) is an American businesswoman and former United States politician.

Political career[edit]

She was born in Evanston, Illinois, the daughter of Helen Catherine (Hall) and Lawrence William Morley, an accountant.[1] She served as a member of the Winnebago County Board before she served in the Illinois House of Representatives, Illinois Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. In the U.S. House, she was vice chair of the House Republican Conference. She served as U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1991 to 1993. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.

Martin taught in the Rockford Public School District[2] prior to and including her time as a local representative.

A loyalist to the Reagan Administration, she assisted then-Vice President George H.W. Bush with his debate preparation for the 1984 Vice Presidential Candidate Debate against Geraldine Ferraro. Bush touted her as a possible running mate in his 1988 presidential campaign, though he eventually selected Indiana Senator Dan Quayle.

Martin's official U.S. Department of Labor portrait, by artist Peter Egeli.

In 1990 Martin ran for the U.S. Senate in Illinois against Democratic incumbent Paul Simon. She was considered a formidable challenger, but her campaign floundered — in ads, Martin poked fun at Simon's trademark bow-tie, but the humorous ad campaign was seen by some as petty and mean-spirited. Simon's popularity proved too much to overcome, and he won with 65 percent of the vote, carrying all but two counties in the state; Edwards County in the southeast and McHenry County outside Chicago in the heart of the district Martin represented for most of the 1980s.

George H.W. Bush tapped Martin to be U.S. Secretary of Labor in his Cabinet when Elizabeth Dole resigned to become president of the American Red Cross.

From 1993 to 1999, she was a professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and Chair of the Council for the Advancement of Women and Advisor to the firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP for Deloitte's internal human resources and minority advancement matters. Martin also served together with British politician Shirley Williams (Baroness Williams of Crosby) as U.N. Special Representative to the Former Yugoslavia during the civil war.

In 1995, she tested the waters to run for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination but decided against it after concluding there was insufficient support for her candidacy. She participated in a Republican primary debate in New Hampshire on New Hampshire local television.[3] Arguably, she would have been the most viable woman to run for the Republican presidential nomination in history to that date.[4][not in citation given]

Martin has been a director on the boards of AT&T Corporation, Ryder System, Inc., Dreyfus Funds, Constellation Energy Group and Procter & Gamble. Martin served as Chairman of the Board of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.


Lynn Morley Martin was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State’s highest honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 2000 in the area of Religion.[5]

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  2. ^ Archived from the original on June 18, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  5. ^ "Laureates by Year - The Lincoln Academy of Illinois". The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Retrieved 2016-03-07.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Cox
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jack Edwards
Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference
Succeeded by
Bill McCollum
Preceded by
Charles H. Percy
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Illinois
(Class 2)

Succeeded by
Al Salvi
Political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Dole
United States Secretary of Labor
Succeeded by
Robert Reich