Lehigh County DA to run for re-election
Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin announced Jan. 3 he will run for re-election. He will seek the nomination of the Republican Party at the primary election in May.
Martin has been Lehigh County District Attorney since January 1998 when he was appointed by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners to succeed Judge Robert L. Steinberg. He was elected to four-year terms in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 and is the longest-serving district attorney in county history.
In 2015, he received 1,771 write-in votes for the nomination of the Democrat Party and, thus, was the nominee of both major parties.
Martin has served as president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and as a member of its executive board. He has also served on the governor’s Victim Services Advisory Committee for eight years and on the Pennsylvania Bar Association/Pennsylvania Supreme Court Commission for Justice Initiatives. In addition, he has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates since 1987 and is a past president and current board member of the Bar Association of Lehigh County.
“I will run on my experience and record of achievement over my 21 years as (Lehigh County) district attorney,” he said.
Martin has been a lawyer for more than 46 years and a prosecutor for 28 years and is an experienced trial attorney, having tried 16 murder cases to jury verdict. In addition, he has handled dozens more resolved by guilty pleas.
“It is essential to have a person with strong experience as district attorney. I have proven over the 21 years of my tenure that I have the experience, judgment and integrity to lead this important office,” Martin said.
Martin graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland.
He received his law degree from the Temple University School of Law.
Martin resides with his wife, Patricia, in Center Valley.