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Martinez, Robert

Born: 1934 AD
Currently alive, at 81 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Politician

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.