Mark Russell Martin is the Secretary of State of Arkansas. He was elected to his first term in November 2010 with a promise of secure elections and a more fiscally conservative approach to state government. He was re-elected to a second term in November 2014 with the vision of making Arkansas the best American state to start a business, continuing to build on the successes of his first term. He is a former three-term member of the Arkansas House of Representatives.
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Martin was reared in the Mississippi River delta country of eastern Arkansas. After service in the United States Navy as a submariner and nuclear technician, He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He since held numerous technology-oriented positions in private industry, prior to the launch of his career in public service. Martin is involved in several professional engineering organizations, is a past board member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
During his first term, Secretary Martin launched DreamItDoItArkansas.com, an online resource for entrepreneurs and start-ups based in his state. He also embarked on an ambitious goal to improve Capitol facilities and restore the historic State Capitol, which had been in disrepair for decades. His improvements were paid for without seeking additional appropriations from the legislature and most of the improvements, like energy efficiencies, have paid for themselves.
Prior to becoming Secretary of State, Martin served three terms as a State Representative, representing District 87 and as President of M3 Engineering. While in the legislature, Martin served on the Budget, Insurance & Commerce, Education, and Advanced Communications & Information Technology Committees, and as Chairman of the Economic & Tax Policy Committee. He was also a member of the Arkansas Sportsmen’s Caucus and the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus.
As Secretary of State, Martin serves as Chair of the State Board of Election Commissioners and the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Information Network of Arkansas, and the State Board of Apportionment. He has also become a sought-after diplomatic resource, due to his knowledge of engineering, agriculture, and governmental operations. Martin has served on numerous diplomatic and trade missions, working with senior officials in the United States Departments of State, Commerce, and Agriculture on missions to destinations such South Korea, Pakistan, Ghana, China, & Turkey. He also actively participates in international Christian missionary activities.
Martin grew up as part of a farming family in the Delta and graduated from Hughes High School. He and his wife Sharon have two daughters, Rachel and Rebekah, and one son, Joshua. His family attends Legacy Baptist Church of Northwest Arkansas and currently reside in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.