CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY

Meet
Richard Martin

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Get to know the man behind the movement, his life, what he stands for, and what his plans are for our country!

CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY

Meet
Richard Martin

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Get to know the man behind the movement, his life, what he stands for, and what his plans are for our country!

Personal

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I am humbled by many things, including:

  • My “fivehead” instead of forehead
  • What I don’t’ know is MUCH more than what I do know (I do not have all the answers)
  • Tomorrow is not guaranteed, so I try to put my best foot forward every day
  • I have made many, many mistakes and will continue to make them despite the best of intentions. However, I always acknowledge my mistakes, learn, grow, and strive to not repeat them

I love being physically active, working out, being outdoors, playing and watching sports especially basketball, eating amazing food, spending time with family and friends, and listening to all types of music. Although Pearl Jam is and will always be my favorite.

I am deeply appreciative of everything that I have because I always think about where I came from. For example, I am deeply grateful for every meal. As I child I was perpetually hungry. It was very rare that there was enough food to satisfy me and my three younger brothers. I think about this often especially as I am explaining to my children that it is much more desirable to be in a situation where you are being asked to finish the food that is on your plate, rather than wishing there was more on it.

I am very proud of the person that I am. I am a good father, an engaged citizen, and a very productive member of society. However, the thing that I am most proud of is my nearly 15-year marriage to my wife, Kimberly Martin. It has not been easy. There have been many times where we thought about letting go of the rope, but we never did. Never will.

I could not ask for a better partner. We have three children (11, 9, and 2) and are living in the “struggle” just like you. We Are constantly trying to find the right work-life balance. That includes everything from trying to find enough alone time to driving the kids all over town.

Professional

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I have a blue collar mentality and work ethic. It started out of necessity when I was young. I started cleaning offices when I was 11 years old so that I would be able afford to get haircuts and buy school clothes (had to look nice for the ladies). I got my first “real” job at KFC when I was 15 years old. I had just finished my sophomore year and was homeless. My manager wanted me to move in with her and train me to become one of her managers. I was not ready, nor did I want that so I moved to Texas on a whim.

For the next 10 years I worked in the Service Industry to support myself as I went to school. This experience was consequential because it allowed me to develop and refine my customer service, communication, and time management skills. However, and more importantly it enabled me to satisfy my desire to serve people. I was very successful because I worked really hard and genuinely tried to please people. I went the extra mile because I genuinely care about people.

After finishing college I took a leadership role with Dish Network and was responsible for managing their Dispatch Operations for the Western Region. This job challenged me personally and professionally, but I was not fulfilled. I wanted to serve. Consequently, I went to work for the State of California.

For more than seven years, I was extremely fortunate to be able to quench my eagerness to serve while working in various leadership positions with the State. This was my training ground. During this time, I had the pleasure and privilege to work for, alongside, and with some of the most dedicated and talented individuals in America. I learned so much. I grew so much. I am now an expert in government services.

I leveraged these experiences and the lessons learned from failures to achieve great success. I was sitting in the highest state-level management classification when I left the state to begin laying the foundation for my political career.

I now work as a Project Manager. This means that I am able to effectively turn a group of people into a team. That I am able to communicate effectively and inspire people to work towards a common goal and most importantly to ensure that work actually gets done. It is about results. It is about making things better!

This is exactly what our district needs. We need the person who represents us to have a shared value and belief system and be able to bring people together so that we can create a better tomorrow!

My earliest recollections are clear. God’s purpose for my life is for me to become a politician so that I would have the greatest ability to improve lives. I went through what I went through as a child and now as an adult to prepare me for this moment. To prepare me for this challenge. To prepare me to become the next Representative for California’s 4th Congressional District.

I will give the full extent of my talents, skills, and abilities to the people as a means to inspire a political awakening that is focused on our shared love for America.

Our goal is to strengthen the American Bond so that we can create a new political paradigm that focuses on the realization that We Are one American Family. The next step will be to ensure that We Are All living the American Dream!