Currently alive, at 83 years of age.
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1934 – Born on the 25th of December in Tampa, Florida.
1960 – He became the head of the Tampa teachers’ union, leading it in a strike against the city.
1979 – He was elected mayor of Tampa.
1983 – He switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican and was re-elected mayor.
1986 – He ran for governor.
1987 – He won the election and took office on the 6th of January.
1989 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed states greater flexibility to restrict abortions, he called the Florida Legislature into special session in an effort to pass anti-abortion laws. None of the governor’s proposals made it out of committee and his approval ratings sunk to around 24%.
1990 – Governor Martinez was defeated in his re-election bid by former Democratic Senator Lawton Chiles.
1991 – He left the governor’s mansion on the 8th of January, Martinez was tasked by President George H. W. Bush to be the Director of the National Drug Control Policy.
– He now serves as senior policy advisor to Holland & Knight LLP. He is also a political analyst for Bay News 9.