2014_martin_247Susan Martin draws upon her experience in the private sector and education system to serve the people of Eastern North Carolina. Susan earned an MBA from the University of Richmond and worked for twelve years at IBM. There she worked with clients as large as Philip Morris and as small as companies with just a few employees. She received numerous awards and recognition as one of the first Certified Specialists in her area. Her position as Client Representative involved helping companies to achieve their business objectives, solve problems, and become more competitive; including evaluating when technology investments can reduce costs, improve productivity, or increase sales. She is currently serving her second term in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Susan married her husband Lew in 1992. She has devoted much of the last several years to volunteering locally, particularly in the public school system where her two teenage daughters attended. She served as Vice President of the Toisnot Middle School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and has volunteered in the classroom and school office because she believes strongly that parents, teachers, and administrators should strive together as a team for the success of students.

Susan serves on the Board of Directors for Wilson Education Partnership, supporting their mission to work with Wilson County Schools, businesses and the community to promote excellence in public education. She is an active member of the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf Regional Advisory Committee. She supports numerous other community organizations in her district including The Arts Council of Wilson, Preservation Wilson, Friends of the May Museum, the NC Medical Society Alliance, Friends of Fike PTO, and the Wilson Pregnancy Center.

Additionally, Susan has served at First United Methodist Church of Wilson on the Church Council’s Evangelism Committee and for United Methodist Women. She’s led women’s Bible studies, taught adult Sunday School, served as President of Interactive Faith Circle, attended Bible Study Fellowship and “Mom’s in Touch.” Susan assisted with the development of a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle at her daughters’ middle school and continues to support their participation in this important ministry at their high school. Susan is currently a member of Peace Church in Wilson.

In her freshman term, Susan served as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Co-Chair of the House Study Committee on Education Innovation; and Co-Chair of the Mental Health Subcommittee of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services; in addition to serving on 15 other committees: Agriculture; Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on Information Technology; Commerce and Job Development; Commerce and Job Development Subcommittee on Military and Agriculture; Education; Health and Human Services; the House Select Committee on Ways and Means; Public Utilities and Energy; Regulatory Reform; Regulatory Reform Subcommittee on Business and Labor; the Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee; Committee on Health Care Provider Practice Sustainability and Training/Additional Transparency in Health Care; House Committee on Public Enterprise Systems and Use of Funds; and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services.

Representative Martin was nominated by the Speaker of the House and attended the 2013 National Conference of State Legislatures Symposium for Emerging Leaders. In October 2013, she was also appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve on the Roanoke River Basin Bi-State Commission.

This year, Susan was chosen by Speaker Tim Moore to chair the powerful Finance Committee and to serve as Vice-Chair of the Commerce and Job Development Committee. She also serves on the Agriculture Committee, the Education Committee on Universities, the Elections Committee, the Committee on Health, the Committee on Homeland Security, Military, and Veterans Affairs, and the Public Utilities Committee.

Her strong conservative principles and effectiveness in representing her constituents led to a decisive re-election victory, garnering Susan Martin over 60% of the vote in 2014.