Martin Announces Exploratory Bid for PA Governor

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LANCASTER, PA — Senator Scott Martin (R, PA13) yesterday announced that he is forming an exploratory committee on potentially running for Governor in 2022.

“Running for Governor is not a decision that should be taken lightly, nor is it an effort that can be successfully done alone. While I have heard from many people encouraging me to run, I want to take the time to make sure that the support needed to run a winning campaign is truly there – especially among the grassroots volunteers who are the engine of any campaign – because to change Pennsylvania for the better, we must first win,” Martin said. “Maybe that makes me different than the countless other candidates who have jumped in with both feet or announced an exploration, and then candidacy within fourteen days, but I believe the best thing is to find a candidate with broad-based support across Pennsylvania.”

Martin has served in the State Senate since his election in 2016. In 2020, despite being a top target of state Democrats and both state and national special interest groups, he won re-election by nearly 11 percentage points – a win that numerous political experts across the Commonwealth pointed to as evidence of his ability to attract independent voters and cross-over Democratic voters.  Prior to serving in the state legislature, Martin was twice elected as a Lancaster County Commissioner, keeping the promise he made to voters to term limit himself to two terms. As Commissioner, Martin never voted for a tax increase, downsized government by cutting duplicative agencies and departments, reduced debt by $40 million, and reduced costs for taxpayers through privatization and public employee benefit reform

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Martin is a strong conservative who has spent his career fighting for limited government, support of the free market and job-creating small businesses, protection of the unborn, and preservation of the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. He believes Pennsylvania needs fundamental changes to be better prepared for the future.

“In the last 10 years, our Commonwealth has had the smallest population growth except for only four other states and our population is aging as younger people and families leave for brighter opportunities elsewhere. How we have done things for the last 50 years is not how we can do them now,” Martin said. “As Governor, my goal would be to restart Pennsylvania by hitting the reset button and looking at how we approach everything from tax policy to education to shrinking the size of the legislature – all to improve services for residents, make us competitive in the global marketplace to spark job and economic growth, ensure the strongest fiscal discipline, and preserve the rights and freedoms of our citizens.”

As Senator, Martin has become known as one of the state’s most effective legislators. In just his first term, he spearheaded the passage of more than 20 legislative initiatives into law. Highlights of his legislative accomplishments include authoring the recent statewide Constitutional Amendments to limit the executive’s unfettered power during declared emergencies and restore the balance of powers enshrined in the state Constitution; creating new resources to help pediatric cancer children and their families; reforms to rein in the costs of higher education; and, increasing DUI penalties for repeat offenders who cause the death of another.  He has led the Senate Local Government, Education and Athletic Oversight Committees.

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“The people I have talked to across our state want a Governor who isn’t afraid to say ‘no’ to the status quo, isn’t afraid to say ‘no’ to the insiders, and ‘no’ to how things have always been done. That’s what made President Trump appealing to them,” Martin responded to a question about the number of candidates seeking to wear the “Trump mantle” for the upcoming Primary Election “They want change that puts them front and center in decision-making – be it from policies that create good jobs, to reforms that make schools better, to tax changes that put a little bit more back in their pockets to help with everyday life. I believe I am that kind of leader. I believe my record proves it. And I believe all voters – not just Republicans – will respond to it.”

A lifelong resident of Lancaster County, Martin is one of seven children. His father was a career law enforcement officer after serving in the United States Navy and his mother a schoolteacher. Both instilled in him the core values, work ethic and determination he has carried with him his entire life.

Martin is a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School where he was a PIAA and National Heavyweight wrestling champion, and Millersville University where he became a three-time First Team PSAC Defensive Tackle and two-time NCAA All-American. After graduation. Scott played professional football in the Arena Football League; he has been inducted into numerous sporting Halls of Fame for both his wrestling and football careers.

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Outside public service, Martin is a co-owner of a family small business, and for many years had been a leader in public safety having worked with delinquent and dependent youth. Long active in his local community, he served on the Board of Directors of the Dr. Gene A. Carpenter Football Foundation, currently volunteers as youth sports coach in football and wrestling, and gave his time and effort to groups like the United Way of Lancaster County and the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Martin has been recognized for his community service by numerous organizations and has been awarded the JDCAP President’s Award, the YWCA Lancaster Ally Award, the County of Lancaster’s Spirit of Good Government Award, and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania President’s Award, among others.

Martin and his wife, Amber, live in Martic Township.  They have four children and six dogs and cats.

Pennsylvanians can visit to learn more. Martin said that he will spend the next several weeks meeting with Republicans across the state to discuss their ideas and concerns, gauge their interest in his candidacy, and make a decision by the end of the summer.

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