JAMES G. MARTIN was born in Savannah, Georgia. He received a bachelor of science degree from Davidson College in 1957 and his PH.D. from Princeton University in 1960. From 1960 to 1972 he taught chemistry at Davidson College. In 1966 he bagan the first of three terms as Mecklenburg County Commissioner and served as chair. He also founded the nine-county Centralina Council of Governments. He served as its chair from 1968 to 1972. In 1970, he was elected president on the North Carolina Association of Regional Councils. From 1973 to 1984, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms. During his tenure, he chaired the House Republican Research Committee and served on the House Ways and Means Committee. He served as president of the Council of State Governments and chair of the Southern Regional Education Board, the Southern Growth Policies Board, and the Southern Technology Council. He was elected governor in November 1984 and reelected in November 1988. Governor Martin's agenda addressed qualiity of life, better schools, better roads, better jobs, and a better environment for the people of the state.
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