Marty Block at the 2014 San Diego LGBT Pride Parade.
|Member of the California State Senate
from the 39th district
December 3, 2012
|Preceded by||Christine Kehoe|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 78th district
December 1, 2008 – November 30, 2012
|Preceded by||Shirley Horton|
|Succeeded by||Toni Atkins|
|Born||Martin Jeffrey Block
June 28, 1950
|Residence||San Diego, California|
|Alma mater||Indiana University Bloomington
Martin Jeffrey "Marty" Block (born June 28, 1950) is an American politician from San Diego, California. He is the California state senator for Senate district 39. He previously represented California's 78th State Assembly district from 2008 to 2012. He is a Democrat.
Block earned his BA in political science and education at Indiana University as well as a law degree from DePaul University. He began his career as a history teacher in Illinois before coming to San Diego. Block retired after 26 years as a professor, dean and director at San Diego State University where he founded the National Higher Education Law and Policy Institute. He is a five-time recipient of outstanding faculty awards at San Diego State University and was presented with the University Distinguished Service Award upon retirement by SDSU President Stephen Weber.
Block has been president of both the San Diego County Board of Education and the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees. He has frequently served as Judge Pro Tem of the San Diego Superior Court. Block’s community involvement includes time as commissioner of the San Diego County Commission on Children, Youth and Families. He also founded the San Diego Latino/Jewish Coalition and served as president of the American Jewish Committee, San Diego Chapter. Block was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention four separate times in 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2004.
California state legislature
In 2008 Block defeated his Republican opponent, John McCann, 92,045 (55.4%) to 74,160 (44.6%). David Glanzer, the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Comic-Con served as Marty Block's Director of Communication for the 2008 campaign and later served as Press Secretary for the Assemblyman.
In 2010 Block defeated Republican Rick L. Powell to win re-election. He completed two terms in the Assembly before leaving his Assembly seat after his successful campaign for the California 39th Senate District.
- Assembly Member Marty Block of California
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