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Lynn Morley Martin

In office
February 22, 1991 – January 20, 1993
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Elizabeth Dole
Succeeded by Robert Reich

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1991
Preceded by John B. Anderson
Succeeded by John W. Cox, Jr.

Born December 26, 1939 (1939-12-26) (age 70)
Evanston, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Harry D. Leinenweber

Lynn Morley Martin (born December 26, 1939) is a businesswoman and former United States politician.

Political Career

Born in Evanston, Illinois, she served as a member of the Winnebago County Board before she served in the Illinois House of Representatives, Illinois Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives, where she was vice chair of the House Republican Conference. She served as U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1991 to 1993. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.

Lynn Martin taught in the Rockford Public Schools prior to and including her time as a local representative.

A loyalist to the Reagan Administration, she assisted then-Vice President George H.W. Bush with his debate preparation for the 1984 Vice Presidential Candidate Debate against Geraldine Ferraro. Bush rewarded Martin by touting her as a possible running mate in his 1988 presidential campaign, though he eventually selected Indiana Senator Dan Quayle.

In 1990 Martin ran for U.S. Senate in Illinois against Democratic incumbent Paul Simon. She was initially considered a formidable challenger, but her campaign floundered — in her ads, Martin poked fun at Simon's trademark bow-tie, which was perceived as petty and mean-spirited — and Simon won with 65 percent of the vote, carrying all but two counties in the state; Edwards County in the southeast and McHenry County outside Chicago in the heart of the district Martin represented for most of the 1980s.

George H.W. Bush tapped Martin to be U.S. Secretary of Labor in his Cabinet when Elizabeth Dole resigned to become president of the American Red Cross.

From 1993 to 1999, she was a professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and Chair of the Council for the Advancement of Women and Advisor to the firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP for Deloitte's internal human resources and minority advancement matters. Martin also served together with British politician Shirley Williams (Baroness Williams of Crosby) as U.N. Special Representative to the Former Yugoslavia during the civil war.

In 1995, she briefly considered running for the 1996 Republican nomination for President but decided against it after concluding there was not broad support for her candidacy. Arguably she would have been the most viable woman to run for the Republican Presidential nomination in history to that date.[1]

Martin currently holds a directorship on the board of AT&T, Ryder System, Inc., Dreyfus Funds, Constellation Energy Group and Procter & Gamble.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John B. Anderson
U.S. Representative Illinois 16th District
Succeeded by
John W. Cox
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jack Edwards
Vice-Chairman of House Republican Conference
Succeeded by
Bill McCollum
Political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Dole
United States Secretary of Labor
Served under: George H.W. Bush

Succeeded by
Robert B. Reich


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