Time & Location
Sep 01, 2022, 5:30 PM
Lions Club , 10370 Pennsylvania Ave, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, USA
Jonathan Martin has been the Chairman of the Republican Party of Lee County since 2014.
In June, Governor DeSantis endorsed him for his Senate District 33 campaign to replace retiring Senator Ray Rodrigues, calling Jonathan “a conservative fighter” and “a strong ally for our agenda.”
Public education issues served as the impetus in sparking Martin’s involvement in law and politics. Martin first became interested in law while a high school student. When the ACLU sued the Lee County School District to prevent the teaching of a secular, elective “Bible History” course, Jonathan was outspoken against the ACLU’s lawsuit on local television stations. Ultimately, the District prevailed, but the public scrutiny had a chilling effect throughout the county discouraging students from taking that class. He graduated in the top 5% of his class at nationally ranked, Fort Myers High School and played for the Green Wave basketball team all four years.
At Stetson University, he served as the Student Body President where he was instrumental in passing the University’s Honor Code. He received degrees in Political Science and Religious Studies and minored in Business Administration and rowed on the Crew Team.
He received a full tuition scholarship to attended Liberty University School of Law. He served as the Founding Chair of the Honor Council and was president and founder of its Federalist Society chapter. After Law School, Jonathan Martin returned to SWFL in 2007 where he began prosecuting for the State Attorney’s Office. Two years later, he was promoted to the Glades County position where he prosecuted every crime in the County – misdemeanors to murder. Before he left the State Attorney’s Office in 2014, he had convicted murderers, child rapists, career criminals, numerous drug dealers, and even a methamphetamine manufacturer in trial. He also served on an award-winning IRS task force that worked to stop income tax return fraud.
After being elected Chairman of the Lee County Republican Party in 2014, Martin went into private practice where he joined the person injury firm Parvey & Frankel. He is an AV rated personal injury attorney who has been to trial over 90 times for both civil and criminal matters. In the seven years since joining, he has represented hundreds of injured clients and since 2020, has recovered well over ten million dollars for his clients.
In 2019, Jonathan Martin reached out to his network of conservative attorneys in SWFL and started the SWFL Federalist Society Chapter.
In 2019, Governor DeSantis re-appointed him to the Board of Trustees for Florida Southwestern State College where he now serves as Vice-Chair. Martin also serves as a board member for the Salvation Army of SWFL.
He is married to Amy, alumna of the University of Florida and its College of Law and current Assistant State Attorney. They have a growing family Ryker (3), Reagan (1) and Rhett (0).