Under the Dome

Mark Martin

Office District Status
N.C. Supreme Court Supreme Court Incumbent
Party In Office Since Term Ends
Republican 2006
Level of Government  
N.C. Supreme Court  
Date of Birth Birthplace Now Lives In
April 29, 1963 , Raleigh, NC


Mark Martin is a senior associate justice on the N.C. Supreme Court. A former legal adviser to Gov. Jim Martin, he has served at all levels of North Carolina's judiciary, starting with two years as a Superior Court judge in Pitt County and five years on the N.C. Court of Appeals. He beat troubled opponents in two races for the state Supreme Court in 1998 and 2006.



Marital Status
Five children, Lauren, Anna, Sarah, Nathaniel

Mark Martin is a senior associate justice on the N.C. Supreme Court.

Early Life and Education

Mark D. Martin was born on April 29, 1963.

He graduated from Beavercreek High School. 

He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science from Western Carolina University in 1985.

He earned a law degree in 1988 from the UNC-Chapel Hill Law School, where he served as editor in chief of the N.C. Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.

He earned a master of laws in judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998.

Professional Career 

After law school, Martin clerked for U.S. District Judge Clyde Hamilton.

He then worked for the McNair Law Firm in Raleigh.

In 1991 and 1992, he served as legal counsel to Gov. Jim Martin.

He's also served as an adjunct law professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. Central University and Duke University

Political Career 

In 1992, he was appointed Resident Superior Court Judge in Pitt County.

From 1994 to 1999, he served as a judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals.

In two races for the Supreme Court, Martin was blessed with troubled opponents. 

In 1998, he defeated Pitt County District Court Judge Jim Martin for a seat on the N.C. Supreme Court. His opponent was criticized for using yard signs that bore a resemblance to those used by the former governor of the same name and for being censured.

Reader's Digest magazine once ranked his opponent one of America's "four worst judges."

In 2006, Mark Martin was re-elected, earning significant bipartisan support because of concerns about his challenger, Democrat Rachel Lea Hunter, who attempted to get her nickname "Madame Justice" listed on the ballot

He was also endorsed by all five living former chief justices. 

Research and reporting by Ryan Teague Beckwith. 


N.C. Supreme Court

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bachelor of science
Western Carolina University
juris doctorate
UNC-Chapel Hill
master of laws
University of Virginia School of Law


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