Lynn Morley Martin

Lynn Morley Martin (born Judith Lynn Morley; December 26, 1939) is an American businesswoman and former United States politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois from 1981 to 1991, representing the 16th congressional district, and as U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1991 to 1993.

Lynn Morley Martin
21st United States Secretary of Labor
In office
February 7, 1991  January 20, 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byElizabeth Dole
Succeeded byRobert Reich
Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference
In office
January 3, 1985  January 3, 1989
LeaderBob Michel
Preceded byJack Edwards
Succeeded byBill McCollum
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1981  January 3, 1991
Preceded byJohn Anderson
Succeeded byJohn Cox
Personal details
Judith Lynn Morley

(1939-12-26) December 26, 1939
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Harry Leinenweber
EducationUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (BA)

Political career

Martin was born in Evanston, Illinois, the daughter of Helen Catherine (Hall) and Lawrence William Morley, an accountant.[1] In 1960 she graduated from the University of Illinois, where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. After becoming a teacher in the Rockford Public School District,[2] she continued in that job after being elected to public office, serving as a member of the Winnebago County board from 1972 to 1976 before being elected to the Illinois House of Representatives (197779), Illinois Senate (197980), and U.S. House of Representatives (198191). In the U.S. House, she was vice chair of the House Republican Conference.

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

Martin ran for the U.S. Senate in 1990 against Democratic incumbent Paul Simon. She was considered a formidable challenger, but her campaign floundered — in ads, Martin poked fun at Simon's signature bow tie, but the humorous ad campaign was seen by some as petty and mean-spirited. Simon's popularity proved too much to overcome, and he 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, Martin was a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at 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 a U.N. Special Representative to the Former Yugoslavia during the Yugoslav Wars.

In 1995, she tested the waters to run for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination, but decided against it after concluding there was insufficient support for her candidacy. She participated in a Republican primary debate in New Hampshire on local television.[3] Arguably, she would have been the most viable woman to run for the Republican presidential nomination in history to that date.[4]

Martin has been a director on the boards of AT&T Corporation, Ryder System Inc., Dreyfus Funds, Constellation Energy Group and Procter & Gamble. She served as chairman of the board of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.


Lynn Morley Martin was inducted as a laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State's highest honor) by Illinois Governor George Ryan in 2000 in the area of religion.[5]

See also


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Cox
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jack Edwards
Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference
Succeeded by
Bill McCollum
Preceded by
Charles H. Percy
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Illinois
(Class 2)

Succeeded by
Al Salvi
Political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Dole
United States Secretary of Labor
Succeeded by
Robert Reich
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