Missouri Republican Party - State Chairman (2013-15)
Ed Martin is currently the President of Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, the pro-family education and policy organization founded in 1972. Ed was elected Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party in January 2013 serving until February 2015.
In 2010, Ed was the Republican nominee for Congress coming within a few thousand votes of beating the incumbent Democrat Russ Carnahan in the historic Dick Gephardt district. In 2012, Ed was the Republican nomination for Missouri Attorney General while also serving as the Missouri Victor GOTV chairman.
Ed was chief of staff to Missouri Governor Matt Blunt from 2006-2008 helping Missouri leadership pass pro-life legislation, school choice laws, and limiting the reach of the left-wing government unions.
In 2005, Ed was appointed Chairman of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. He took the lead in fighting his on ACORN, stream-lined the office, and implemented the Help America Vote Act.
In 2006, Ed was the McGivney Legal Fellow at Americans United for Life and served as lead counsel suing then-Governor Rod Blagojevich for Illinois’ imposition on pro-life professionals.
Ed hold a law degree and advanced degrees in medical ethics and philosophy and was awarded post-graduate fellowships in Indonesia (Watson Fellowship) and Italy (Rotary Fellowship).
After law school, Ed delayed a one year judicial clerkship to serve his church. As the director of the Human Rights Office for the church, Ed led the church community in educating and advocating for pro-life issues, educational opportunities for all, and outreach to the community as part of the new evangelization. It was during this time that Ed learned how Obama-esque “community organizing” was infiltrating our local community; Ed led a successful fight to defund the ACORN-affiliate Missouri Pro-Vote.
Ed spent the summer working at the Institute for Justice in Washington, D.C. assisting on the historic school choice Supreme Court case Zelman v. Simmons-Harris. During the 2001-02 term of the federal Court of Appeals for Eighth Circuit, Ed served a judicial clerk to Reagan-appointee Hon. Pasco M. Bowman, II. Immediately following his clerkship, he joined the St. Louis-based international law firm Bryan Cave, LLC specializing in commercial litigation.
In the fall of 2004, Ed left Bryan Cave and started his own law firm. He specialized in litigation and small business practice. He was President of the St. Louis Federalist Society and host for the historic Missouri visit of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in 2004. He has served as executive director of Missouri Club for Growth and founded Missourians United for Life.
Ed and his wife Carol, a physician specializing in geriatric internal medicine, reside in St. Louis, Missouri with their two sons and two daughters.