Steve Martin (Virginia politician)

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Steve Martin
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 11th district
In office
February 17, 1994 – January 13, 2016
Preceded by Robert E. Russell
Succeeded by Amanda Chase
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 27th district
In office
January 13, 1988 – February 17, 1994
Preceded by N. Leslie Saunders, Jr.
Succeeded by Samuel A. Nixon
Personal details
Born Stephen Holliday Martin
( 1956 -06-15) June 15, 1956 (age 59)
Chesterfield, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Chesterfield County, Virginia
Alma mater Lynchburg Christian Academy
Occupation Insurance
Religion Baptist

Stephen Holliday "Steve" Martin (born June 15, 1956) is an American politician of the Republican Party. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1988–1994 and the Senate of Virginia from 1994-2016.

Electoral history[edit]

In 1987, Martin defeated incumbent Democrat Leslie Saunders for the 67th District House of Delegates seat, 51%-49%.[1] In 1989, Saunders challenged Martin for the seat, but Martin won 55%-45%.[2] Due to redistricting, Martin was redrawn into the 27th District in 1991, and won the House of Delegates seat unopposed,[3] and was re-elected in 1993.[4] 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.[5][6] He received 75% of the vote in a four-way race.[6] Martin was easily re-elected to the seat in 1995 (he was unopposed),[7] 1999 (won 65%-35%),[8] 2003 (unopposed),[9] 2007 (received 63% of the vote in a four-way race),[10] and 2011 (unopposed).[11]

Senator Martin announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2013 on June 2012.[12] He was defeated at the 2013 state convention.

On June 9th, 2015, in the Republican Primary for the District 11 State Senate Seat, Martin lost to Amanda Chase in a three way race, with Barry Moore coming in last. [13]

Election results[edit]

Virginia Senate 11th District General Election, 2011[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 25,269 94.70
Independent Write-in candidates 1,414 5.30
Total votes 255,826 100
Virginia Senate 11th District General Election, 2007[10]
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
Total votes 26,264 100
Virginia Senate 11th District General Election, 2003[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 18,702 97.27
Independent Write-in candidates 524 2.73
Total votes 19,226 100
Virginia Senate 11th District General Election, 1999[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 17,716 64.54
Democratic William Hastings 9,689 35.30
Independent Write-in candidates 45 0.16
Total votes 27,450 100
Virginia Senate 11th District General Election, 1995[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 28,693 99.41
Independent Write-in candidates 170 0.59
Total votes 28,863 100
Virginia Senate 11th District Special Election, 1994[6]
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
Total votes 19,134 100
Virginia House of Delegates 27th District Election, 1993[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 14,243 79.53
Independent Bradley Evans 3,655 20.41
Independent Write-in candidates 11 0.06
Total votes 17,909 100
Virginia House of Delegates 27th District Election, 1991[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 8,465 99.28
Independent Write-in candidates 61 0.72
Total votes 8,526 100
Virginia House of Delegates 67th District Election, 1989[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 11,178 55.27
Democratic Leslie Saunders 9,034 44.67
Independent Write-in candidates 12 0.06
Total votes 20,224 100
Virginia House of Delegates 67th District Election, 1987[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Martin 8,271 51.14
Democratic Leslie Saunders 6,872 48.82
Independent Write-in candidates 7 0.04
Total votes 15,150 100

Memberships[edit]

Senator Martin serves as one of two Virginia state chairmen for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).[14][15]

Facebook comments on abortion[edit]

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. "Martin said that his words were taken out of context and that he was trying to describe the way abortion advocates see women."[16] He later edited the post to replace "host" with "bearer of the child."[17]

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