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Oral history interview with Roger E. Martin
- 1994-10-28 - 1995-11-10 (Creation)
.1 cubic feet; 12 audiocassettes (12 hr., 35 min., 3 sec.)
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Roger Edward Martin was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1935. He attended Catholic schools in Portland, and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1957. He met Janet Duffy while at the university, and they married in 1958; they later had three children. Martin served in the U.S. Army for six months in 1957, and continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1963. He worked for the family business, Martin Electronics. He was a Republican politician and represented Clackamas County in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1967 to 1978, serving as minority leader from 1975 to 1978. He ran for Oregon governor in 1978, but lost the Republican primary to Vic Atiyeh. In 1979, he and Janet Duffy divorced. Soon afterward, he and Margaret Jane were married. (Margaret Jane's surname before marriage is unknown.) After leaving the Legislature, Martin was a lobbyist for multiple organizations, including the Oregon Transportation Association and the Oregon Library Association.
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This oral history interview with Roger E. Martin was conducted by Clark Hansen at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, from October 28, 1994, to November 10, 1995. In this interview, Martin discusses his family background and early life in Portland, including his family life; his early jobs, including golf caddy; and his early education at Catholic schools. He then talks about attending the University of Oregon, including his studies in Latin American history and his social life. He also talks about his brief service in the U.S. Army. He talks about meeting Janet Duffy, as well as her family background. He speaks about their marriage in 1957 and divorce in 1979, particularly how it affected his children. He talks about his children, their careers, and their families. He discusses working for the family electronics business, Martin Electronics.
Martin discusses his involvement with the Republican Party and his service in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1967 to 1978. He describes in detail each legislative session in which he served. He talks about his unsuccessful campaigns in 1962 and 1964, as well as his later successful campaigns. He talks about his committee assignments, working with the Senate, and social life. He discusses some of his fellow legislators, including Tony Yturri, Grace Peck, and Robert Smith. He talks about some of the legislation he worked on, including on taxes, water pollution, and government reorganization. He talks about reapportionment, the emergency board, and lobbyists. He discusses the creation of the Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1973. He talks about working with Governor Tom McCall's administration; practical jokes legislators played on one another; and Governor Bob Straub. He speaks at length about his unsuccessful campaign for the Republican nomination for governor in 1978.
Martin discusses his activities since leaving the Legislature. He talks his about career as a lobbyist and his continued involvement with the Republican Party. He also discusses the initiative process and recent ballot measures. He talks about his family life; his opinions on legislation current to 1993; and his marriage to Margaret Jane. He closes the interview by talking about his plans for the future.
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Copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following license: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
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The Roger E. Martin papers, Mss 1825, and Speeches of Roger E. Martin, SR 82, are held by the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Roger E. Martin, by Clark Hansen, SR 1162, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Forms part of the Oregon Legislature Oral History Series.
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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.