|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 74th district
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
|Preceded by||Mark Wyland|
|Succeeded by||Allan Mansoor|
|Minority Leader of the California State Assembly|
February 1, 2010 – December 6, 2010
|Preceded by||Sam Blakeslee|
|Succeeded by||Connie Conway|
|Born||1953 (age 61–62)
|Alma mater||California Western University
United States International University
|Occupation||President, Admiral Property Company|
Early life and education
A native Californian, Martin Garrick was born in Glendale, California. He graduated from California Western/United States International University in San Diego with a B.S. in Business Administration and an emphasis in marketing and economics.
Early political career
In the 1980s, Garrick joined the Ronald Reagan for President Campaign at national headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. He then moved to the White House transition team and thereafter into a number of positions in the Reagan Administration, including Deputy Senate House Liaison. After leaving the Reagan Administration, Garrick founded Admiral Industries, Inc., a telecommunications company. He also owns and manages Admiral Property Company, a real estate investment firm.
California State Assembly
Assemblyman Martin Garrick has earned a reputation as a fiscal conservative and strong advocate for responsible, limited government and lower taxes. Elected to the California State Assembly in 2006, Garrick serves the 74th district which includes the communities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido and parts of Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Lake Hodges, Valley Center and San Diego.
Named by his peers as Assembly Republican Leader in 2010, Garrick is committed to combating high taxes, over-regulation and restoring a pro-business climate so California can shine again as the “Golden State”. In the midst of a $19 billion deficit, Garrick championed a ‘no new taxes’ budget that reduced government spending, protected job creation and contained budget and pension reforms. As Assembly Republican Leader, Garrick led the Republican Caucus in a California Jobs First campaign which was a comprehensive package of business-friendly legislation designed to spur job growth and put people back to work during a time the state unemployment rate grew to 12.5%.
A champion for business, Garrick boldly battled to preserve the region’s 760 area code thereby saving businesses millions of dollars. He successfully worked to keep gas stations open when state vapor recovery mandates threatened closures and heavy fines on station operators. He also fought on behalf of constituent health care needs by working with state agencies to reclassify a district hospital in danger of closing due to costly mandates.
Garrick’s leadership stems from his extensive experience as a business owner, community volunteer and work in President Ronald Reagan’s Administration. Confirming his commitment to keep taxes low and vote in a manner that protects working families and their jobs, Garrick has scored 100% for his voting record by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the California Taxpayers’ Association and the California Chamber of Commerce. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association - the group responsible for protecting Proposition 13 and keeping property taxes low - gave Garrick an "A" rating naming him one of only 19 of 120 legislators to receive such distinction. As a champion for business, Garrick was named “Legislator of the Year, 2010” by the Association of Builders & Contractors (ABC) and was bestowed the “Courageous Leadership Award, 2010” by the San Diego Regional Chamber. In support of Career Technical Education, he was named “Legislator of the Year, 2009” by the California Business Education Association and earned that same accolade from Tech America (formerly AeA) in 2007.
Consistent with his efforts to support public safety, Garrick worked hard to pass a law making it illegal for motorcycle thieves to possess “tools of the trade” such as pigtails, wire cutters and other devices with the intent to steal a motorcycle. In an effort to revitalize the state’s economy and keep businesses in California, Garrick authored legislation to reduce the annual minimum franchise tax of $800 to $100 on businesses. To address the uncertainty and ever fluctuating costs of health care, Garrick authored
AB 854 encouraging the use of Health Savings Accounts (HAS’s) that allow contributors to receive tax deductions. He also authored AB 1911, which was signed into law establishing California’s Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission tasked with developing appropriate means to honor and promote the history and achievements of President Ronald Reagan, during the 100th anniversary of his birth. Garrick currently chairs the nine member commission which played co-host with Major League Baseball to “Reagan Day” at Petco Park and is working to rename the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge after Ronald Reagan - the only Californian to serve both as Governor and President.
A native Californian, Martin Garrick was born in Glendale, California. He graduated from California Western/United States International University in San Diego with a B.S. in Business Administration and an emphasis in marketing and economics. Professionally, he joined the business sector and worked in the fields of marketing, real estate development, property management and telecommunications. After gaining a diverse skill-set, he turned his patriotic passion for our country into service as a member of President Ronald Reagan’s White House transition team and as a political appointee in the Reagan administration.
Garrick later returned to California and re-entered the private sector. He worked in the real estate development and investment industry collaborating on marketing programs and managing project teams for office, industrial and multi-family units throughout Southern California. In 1991, he founded Admiral Industries, Inc., a telecommunications company and he currently owns Admiral Property Company, a real estate investment and asset management firm.
Prior to serving in the California State Legislature, Martin Garrick was a business owner extensively involved as a community leader and dedicated volunteer. Specifically, his volunteerism included roles on the Solana Beach Public Safety Commission, Budget Committee, the San Diego County Cable and Television Review Committee and as an active board member of the San Diego Lincoln Club, a business advocacy organization.
Assemblyman Garrick is married to Jane, a school teacher, and their family includes her four grown children, a granddaughter and two Labrador retrievers. He is an avid sports and outdoorsman whose mother and father were long-time owners of an avocado and orange grove ranch in North San Diego County. Inspired by his patriotic parents whose service to our nation began in WW II, Martin Garrick is dedicated to serving his country through his role as a state legislator. His goals continue to include improving California’s business climate and jobs retention and fighting for tax and regulatory reform. One of the greatest joys of Martin Garrick’s job as an Assemblyman is to recognize and support citizens who make the San Diego region a better place to live, work and enjoy!
760 area code
On April 24, 2008 the California Public Utilities Commission decided to designate a significant portion of San Diego County to a new 442 area code. It was estimated that the change would affect 773,783 North County residents, 34,101 businesses and cost $74.96 million to implement. Garrick led a successful effort to have that decision reversed. In addition, he called for the creation of an area code overlay so that 760 and 442 could serve the same region.
On October 16, 2008 the CPUC reversed its decision and agreed with Garrick to create the overlay for the North County San Diego region as a way to address the projected shortage of available telephone numbers in the 760 area code.
Community and party activity
Garrick has been active for decades in Republican organizations and campaigns. As First Vice Chairman of the San Diego Republican Party, Garrick played a major role in the building of one of the nation's most effective local parties. For a decade, he served as a Board Member in the San Diego Lincoln Club, and as a member of the Adam Smith Institute and San Diego County Republican Party Central Committee.
Additionally, Garrick's community activism included roles on the Solana Beach Crime Commission, Solana Beach Budget Committee and the San Diego County Cable and Television Review Committee.