Mark Martin (politician)
|33rd Secretary of State of Arkansas|
January 11, 2011 – January 15, 2019
|Preceded by||Charlie Daniels|
|Succeeded by||John Thurston|
|Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives|
from the 87th district
January 2005 – January 11, 2011
|Preceded by||Sarah Agee|
|Succeeded by||Justin Harris|
Mark Russell Martin
February 18, 1968
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
|Education||University of Arkansas (BS)|
Mark Russell Martin (born February 18, 1968) is a Republican politician who was Secretary of State of Arkansas from January 2011 to January 2019. He is a former three-term member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 87 in Washington County in Northwest Arkansas.
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Martin was reared in the Mississippi River delta country of eastern Arkansas. He graduated from Hughes High School in Hughes in St. Francis County. In 1998, he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. While in the United States Navy, Martin was a technician in a nuclear engineering laboratory. He since held numerous technology-oriented positions in private industry prior to the launching of his political career.
Martin and his wife, the former Sharon Marie Tilley (also born 1968), have two daughters and one son. The family attends Legacy Baptist Church of Northwest Arkansas in Rogers. The Martins reside in Prairie Grove in Washington County though his duties often keep him in the capital city of Little Rock.
Martin was first elected to the Arkansas House in 2004, when he defeated the Democrat Lloyd D. Keck of West Fork in Washington County, 5,738 (55.2 percent) to 4,667 (44.8 percent). As a legislator, Martin served on the Budget, Insurance & Commerce, Education, and Advanced Communication & Information Technology committees and was the chairman of the Economic & Tax Policy Committee. He was one of the first legislative bloggers in Arkansas, writing about his experience through a blog he called "Off the Marble".
In the 2010 general election, Representative Martin defeated the Democrat, Pulaski County Clerk Pat O'Brien, 392,468 (51.3 percent) to 372,123 (48.7 percent), to win the secretary of state's position vacated by Charlie Daniels, a term-limited Arkansas Democrat. Martin was the first Republican elected to that post since 1872. During his first month in office, Martin fired 1/4 of the previous administrations staff, and had to hire a private firm, at the cost of taxpayers, to effectively run his office. Reelected in 2014, he defeated former State Election Commissioner Susan Inman of Little Rock with almost 64 percent of the vote.
As Secretary of State, Martin was the chairman of the Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners and the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission. He was a member of the Arkansas Board of Apportionment. A past board member of several engineering organizations, he also holds membership in the National Rifle Association and the American Legion. He is a member of the Association of Christian Design Professionals.
|Arkansas House of Representatives 87th District Republican Primary Election, 2004|
|Arkansas House of Representatives 87th District Election, 2004|
|Arkansas House of Representatives 87th District Election, 2006|
|Republican||Mark Martin (inc.)||4,715||61.32|
|Arkansas House of Representatives 87th District Election, 2008|
|Republican||Mark Martin (inc.)||6,441||58.82|
|Arkansas Secretary of State Election, 2010|
|Arkansas Secretary of State Election, 2014|
|Republican||Mark Martin (inc.)||506,384||60.61|
- "Mark Martin Biography". sos.arkansas.gov. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
- "Mark Martin". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
- "State Representative District 087 - Certified, November 2, 2004". sos.arkansas.gov. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
- "Lost his marbles". Arkansas Times. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
- "Secretary of State - Certified, November 2010". sos.arkansas.gov. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
|Arkansas House of Representatives|
| Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 87th district
| Secretary of State of Arkansas