Born: Dec 25, 1934 AD
Currently alive, at 80 years of age.
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.
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