David O'Brien Martin

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David O'Brien Martin (April 26, 1944 – November 20, 2012) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

David O'Brien Martin
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byRobert C. McEwen
Succeeded byMaurice D. Hinchey
Constituency30th district (1981–1983)
26th district (1983–1993)
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 112th district
In office
January 1, 1977 – December 31, 1980
Preceded byK. Daniel Haley
Succeeded byJohn G. A. O'Neil
Personal details
David O'Brien Martin

(1944-04-26)April 26, 1944
St. Lawrence Co., New York
DiedNovember 20, 2012(2012-11-20) (aged 68)
Hedgesville, West Virginia
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)DeeAnn Hedlund
Dana McGee
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
Albany Law School
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1966–1970
Battles/warsVietnam War


Martin was born in St. Lawrence County, New York. He graduated from Hugh C. Williams High School (Canton, New York) in 1962, and the University of Notre Dame in 1966. He graduated from Albany Law School in 1973. From 1966–70, he served in the United States Marine Corps as a flight officer, and deployed to Vietnam during the Vietnam War.[1] He achieved the rank of captain.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 1980, sitting in the 182nd and 183rd New York State Legislature. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 and served from January 3, 1981 to January 3, 1993. He was succeeded by John M. McHugh. Due to redistricting which took effect after the 1992 elections, the geographical area Martin represented was renumbered, and McHugh took office as the representative from the 24th district of New York. Martin did not run in the 1992 election. While in Congress, he was a member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he worked to shape national security policy in the final years of the Cold War. Martin was the primary sponsor of one successfully enacted bill in 1990 allowing the Secretary of the Air Force to purchase housing for Air Force members at the Pease Air Force Base.[2] Overall, he introduced 6 bills.[3]

After Congress, he taught at the Naval War College from 1993 to 1994, and subsequently founded the government relations firm of Martin, Fisher, and Thompson in Washington. He married twice, first to DeeAnn Hedlund with whom he had three daughters, then to Dana McGee. He resided in Hedgesville, West Virginia, where he died November 20, 2012 from cancer, aged 68. He is interred in Arlington National Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ Service, O'Leary Funeral. "Obituary for David O. Martin". Obituary for David O. Martin. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  2. ^ "Text of H.R. 4252 (101st): To authorize the Secretary of the Air Force to purchase certain property at ... (Passed Congress version)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  3. ^ "Search Bills in Congress". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  4. ^ Notice of death of David O'Brien Martin

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New York State Assembly
Preceded by New York State Assembly
112th District

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 26th congressional district

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