Long-time Tallahassee lobbyist Fred Martin has died
Fred Martin, a veteran Tallahassee lobbyist for two decades and a former top staffer for the Senate Commerce Committee, has died. He would have turned 72 next week.
The News Service of Florida reported Friday that Martin passed away on Thursday. A native of Anniston, Ala., his clients ranged from insurance companies and banks to a sports museum. He also worked for the state Department of Insurance for more than a decade.
"Today we honor Fred Martin, a friend and colleague who passed away," Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said on Twitter. "Fred's good nature made a lasting impact on all who knew him."
Martin moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State and was also a graduate of the banking school at the University of Florida. After serving as staff director of the Senate Commerce Committee in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he went into lobbying, first as vice president for governmental relations for Barnett Banks of Florida.