Ed Martin was elected Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party in January 2013.
After becoming an attorney, at a young age, he recognized the value of fighting to preserve and protect the American values through the rule of law. As a young college graduate living in Indonesia and Italy, Ed saw firsthand the difference between America and the rest of the world.
A graduate of St. Louis University School of Law, Ed specialized in health law and also pursued and later completed a master’s degree in health care ethics from St. Louis University graduate school.
After graduation from law school, and passage of the Missouri Bar, Ed delayed beginning a judicial clerkship to serve his church. As the director of the Human Rights Office for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Ed led an office in educating and advocating for pro-life issues, educational opportunities for all, and outreach to the community as part of the new evangelization.
After the end of this church service, Ed spent the summer working at the Institute for Justice in Washington, D.C. During the 2001-02 term of the federal Court of Appeals for Eighth Circuit, Ed served a judicial clerk to Honorable 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.
In 2005, Ed was appointed Chairman of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. He took on ACORN, stream-lined the office, and implemented the Help America Vote Act.
In 2006, Ed was appointed as chief of staff to Governor Matt Blunt.
Ed and his wife Carol, reside in St. Louis, Missouri and have four children.