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Mark Martin

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Mark D. Martin
Current Court Information:
North Carolina Supreme Court
Title:   Chief Justice
Salary:  $144,049
Appointed by:   Election
Active:   1998-2022
Chief:   2014-Present
Past post:   Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Past term:   1994-1999
Past post 2:   Judge, North Carolina 3A Judicial District
Past term 2:   1993-1994
Personal History
Born:   04/29/1963
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Western Carolina University, 1985
Law School:   University of North Carolina School of Law, 1988
Grad. School:   Virginia School of Law, 1998
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
Position:  Chief Justice
State:  North Carolina
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  72.2%ApprovedA

Mark Dean Martin is the chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. He was first elected to the court in 1998. On August 18, 2014, Governor Pat McCrory appointed Martin to the office of chief justice to replace Chief Justice Sarah Parker. Martin assumed the office of chief justice on September 1, 2014.[1][2][3] Martin ran for re-election on November 4, 2014, winning another term expiring on December 31, 2022.[4]



For more information visit: North Carolina Supreme Court elections, 2014
See also: North Carolina judicial elections, 2014
Martin ran for election to the North Carolina Supreme Court.
General: He defeated Ola M. Lewis in the general election on November 4, 2014, receiving 72.2% of the vote.[4][5][6]

Supreme court elections in North Carolina are non-partisan and the winners serve eight-year terms. However, Martin ran on the Republican ticket in 1998, before the state's judicial elections were nonpartisan.[7]


  • North Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee[8]
  • North Carolina Police Benevolent Association[9]
  • Former North Carolina Governor James G. Martin

Martin was also endorsed by the following past chief justices:

  • Rhoda B. Billings
  • James G. Exum
  • Henry E. Frye
  • I. Beverly Lake, Jr.
  • Burley B. Mitchell, Jr.[10]


Martin received his undergraduate degree from Western Carolina University in 1985 and his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1988. He later graduated from the National Judicial College in the general jurisdiction course and in 1998 earned a masters of law in judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law.[3]


After graduating from law school, Martin served as a law clerk for Judge Clyde Hamilton. Next he moved to the private sector and worked as an attorney for the McNair Law Firm. Throughout his career, Martin taught law at the Duke University School of Law, the North Carolina Central University School of Law, and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Before joining the North Carolina 3A Judicial District in 1993, he served as legal counsel to North Carolina Governor James G. Martin (no relation). Martin then served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 1994 to 1999. In 1998, he was elected to the North Carolina Supreme Court at thirty-five years of age making him, at that time, the youngest supreme court justice in North Carolina history.[3]

In February 2006, Martin was appointed a senior associate justice of the Supreme Court and, later that year, was re-elected to an eight-year term. Martin was re-elected in 2014 to another eight-year term, this time for the office of chief justice.

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Martin received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.16, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.01 that justices received in North Carolina. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[11]

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