Steve Martin (Virginia politician)

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Steve Martin
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 11th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 12, 1994
Preceded by Robert E. Russell
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 27th district
In office
January 13, 1988 – January 12, 1994
Preceded by Leslie N. Saunders, Jr.
Succeeded by Samuel A. Nixon
Personal details
Born Stephen Holliday Martin
( 1956 -06-15) June 15, 1956 (age 57)
Chesterfield, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Chesterfield County, Virginia
Alma mater Lynchburg Christian Academy
Occupation Insurance
Committees Education and Health; General Laws and Technology; Local Government; Privileges and Elections
Religion Baptist
Website www.senatorstevemartin.com

Stephen Holliday "Steve" Martin (born June 15, 1956, in Chesterfield County, Virginia) is an American politician of the Republican Party. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates 1988–1994. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Senate of Virginia. He currently represents the 11th district, including parts of Chesterfield County and the city of Colonial Heights, in the southern suburbs of Richmond.[1]

In 1987, Martin defeated incumbent Democrat Leslie Saunders for the 67th District House of Delegates seat, 51%-49%.[2] In 1989, Saunders challenged Martin for the seat, but Martin won 55%-45%.[3] Due to redistricting, Martin was redrawn into the 27th District in 1991, and won the House of Delegates seat unopposed,[4] and was re-elected in 1993.[5] In February 1994, Martin won a special election to the state Senate in the 11th District after Robert Russell resigned after being convicted of embezzlement.[6][7] He received 75% of the vote in a four-way race.[7] Martin was easily re-elected to the seat in 1995 (he was unopposed),[8] 1999 (won 65%-35%),[9] 2003 (unopposed),[10] 2007 (received 63% of the vote in a four-way race),[11] and 2011 (unopposed).[12]

Senator Martin serves as one of two Virginia state chairmen for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).[13][14]

Senator Martin announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2013 in June 2012.[15]

Martin made news in 2014 when he wrote a lengthy post on Facebook claiming that pregnant women are "hosts" who have no right to end their pregnancies via abortion. He later edited the post to replace "host" with "bearer of the child."[16]

Personal Life[edit]

As of February 2014, his Virginia Senate website states, 'Steve was born in Chesterfield County, Virginia and has seven siblings.' Several political watchdog groups list Martin's only "Education" as a Virginia high school diploma from the Lynchburg Christian Academy, in Lynchburg, VA. He lists his religious affiliation as "Baptist" and his official website states, 'Steve is a member of South Richmond Rotary and [the] Swift Creek Baptist Church. He enjoys spending time with his sons and his two granddaughters, Olivia and Mckinley, and looks forward to welcoming his third grandchild in the near future.' According to Project Vote Smart, as of 2012 Martin was still married to wife Sharon, and they had two adult sons, Chad, and Nathan. Most Virginia state legislators hold "outside" jobs and Martin works in financial services, as a licensed insurance consultant and securities dealer, heading his own firm-- Martin Financial Services.

Electoral history[edit]

Virginia Senate 11th District General Election, 2011[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 25,269 94.70%
Independent Write-in candidates 1,414 5.30%
Totals 255,826 100%
Virginia Senate 11th District General Election, 2007[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 16,481 62.75%
Democratic Alexander McMurtrie 4,764 18.14%
Independent Hank Cook 3,878 14.77%
Independent Roger Habeck 1,135 4.32%
Independent Write-in candidates 6 0.02%
Totals 26,264 100%
Virginia Senate 11th District General Election, 2003[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 18,702 97.27%
Independent Write-in candidates 524 2.73%
Totals 19,226 100%
Virginia Senate 11th District General Election, 1999[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 17,716 64.54%
Democratic William Hastings 9,689 35.30%
Independent Write-in candidates 45 0.16%
Totals 27,450 100%
Virginia Senate 11th District General Election, 1995[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 28,693 99.41%
Independent Write-in candidates 170 0.59%
Totals 28,863 100%
Virginia Senate 11th District Special Election, 1994[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 14,305 74.76%
Democratic Alexander McMurtrie 4,219 22.05%
Independent Thomas Jamerson 452 2.36%
Independent Bradley Evans 148 0.77%
Independent Write-in candidates 10 0.06%
Totals 19,134 100%
Virginia House of Delegates 27th District Election, 1993[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 14,243 79.53%
Independent Bradley Evans 3,655 20.41%
Independent Write-in candidates 11 0.06%
Totals 17,909 100%
Virginia House of Delegates 27th District Election, 1991[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 8,465 99.28%
Independent Write-in candidates 61 0.72%
Totals 8,526 100%
Virginia House of Delegates 67th District Election, 1989[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 11,178 55.27%
Democratic Leslie Saunders 9,034 44.67%
Independent Write-in candidates 12 0.06%
Totals 20,224 100%
Virginia House of Delegates 67th District Election, 1987[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 8,271 51.14%
Democratic Leslie Saunders 6,872 48.82%
Independent Write-in candidates 7 0.04%
Totals 15,150 100%

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