“The chair of A&B is the second most powerful position in the state House,” Nations said. “He is going to be in demand like you cannot believe. He has certainly earned it.
Nations said it’s not an easy path for legislators from suburban districts to move up the House leadership ladder.
Martin is a former assistant to the city manager in Norman and served as project manager and public works director for the town of Noble. He is a graduate of OU and works off-session at Republic Bank. His appointment was praised in Norman where Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Woods offered his congratulations.
“I want to congratulate Chairman Martin on his selection as Chair of Appropriations and Budget,” Woods said on the chamber’s website. “The AB committee handles all budgetary issues for the legislature and Chairman Martin will be in a unique and powerful position to impact the funding priorities of the legislature in the coming years.
“As the third largest city in Oklahoma, the voice of Norman is rightly amplified by the selection of Representative Martin,” Woods said on the website.
“I believe Martin will be a worthy advocate for all Oklahoma taxpayers and for the equality of Norman when it comes to distribution and allocation of state resources,” Woods said. “On behalf of all Norman residents, I congratulate Chairman Martin and appreciate Speaker-Elect Shannon on his thoughtful selection.”
State Rep. Aaron Stiles, whose district 45 abuts Martin’s said Speaker Shannnon could not have made a better choice. “Rep. Martin’s experience in private banking will pay dividends to the people of Oklahoma,” said Stiles, R-Norman.
State Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman, said there were some surprises in the leadership announcements but Martin’s wasn’t one of them.