Secretary Martin

Secretary & Parliamentarian of the PA Senate

Ms. Martin is the first woman to serve as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Senate, and the 12th Secretary since the position was established in 1911. The Senate unanimously elected her in June 2012 and again in January 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. She performs three (3) important roles for the Senate: Secretary; Parliamentarian; and, Right-to-Know Law Appeals Officer.

As Secretary, Ms. Martin is the chief legislative officer of the Senate, responsible for administering and managing all legislative functions of the Senate, as well as overseeing numerous financial and administrative functions related to her operation. She also serves as the Parliamentarian, advising and assisting the Lt. Governor as he presides over Senate session, and providing advice and assistance to Members and staff on questions relating to the meaning and application of the Senate's legislative rules (General Operating Rules, Ethical Conduct Rules), precedents and practices. As the Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) Appeals Officer, she reviews RTKL appeals for the Senate. While serving in this capacity, she has modernized the appeals process via the implementation of a website and online appeal form

Secretary Martin is proud of the successes she and her team have achieved. Here are just a few.

  • Working with the Legislative Data Processing Committee, members of her legislative team, and caucus leadership and legislative staff, Secretary Martin initiated, developed and implemented a complete technological modernization of the legislative operations of the Senate.
  • Secretary Martin also led the Senate in the continuity of the Senate's legislative operations in the face of a worldwide pandemic, resulting in the PA Senate making history as the first chamber in the nation to hold legislative session with remote participation of Members, ensuring they could fully and meaningfully participate in session (vote, debate, offer amendments, etc.).
  • She also created and executed a comprehensive public relations strategy for the SecSen operation to promote civics education, which included branding campaign, website design and redesign, and social media launches for various offices under her charge.
  • Secretary Martin created a comprehensive Training Program for her operation, culminating with Team Development Days where former PA Governor Tom Ridge offered the Keynote Address, praising her team for their faithful public service and dedication to their work at the Senate for the people of the Commonwealth.

Prior to her election, she served as Deputy General Counsel to the Governor in the Governor's Office of General Counsel. Ms. Martin had previously served as Special Assistant to former PA Governor Tom Ridge; as Deputy Director for his Office of Public Liaison; and, as Special Assistant to his General Counsel. She also served as an Assistant Counsel in the Department of the Navy's Office of the General Counsel. Prior to that, she served as a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Widener University School of Law and Harrisburg Area Community College, and as a Judicial Law Clerk

Ms. Martin is a graduate of Archmere Academy and a graduate of the University of Delaware. She is a 1994 graduate of Widener University School of Law, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. She resides in Mechanicsburg with her husband and three children.

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