Ron Martin is the husband of Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, who’s running against Republican David Perdue in one of the most closely watched races in the country.
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. Nunn & Martin Married in 2001
Nunn, the daughter of former Democratic U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, married Martin on June 2, 2001, in a beach ceremony.
When Nunn was asked why she didn’t take her husband’s name, she told the Atlanta Journal Constitution: “It really, frankly, didn’t occur to me to change my name.”
2. Martin Is a Stay-at-Home Dad
The couple lives in Atlanta with their two children, Vincent and Elizabeth. In 2003, Nunn decided not to make a bid for a seat in the Senate to focus on her then 11-month-old son, telling the Athens Banner-Herald , “In the next few years, I believe that my primary focus is best directed toward my 11-month-old son and family.”
3. Points of Light is the Family’s Main Source of Income
Michelle Nunn’s Hands on Network merged with President George H.W. Bush’s the Points of Light Foundation in 2007. After the merger, Nunn became the CEO and President of Points of Light, the largest organization in the country for volunteer service.
Points of Light is the family’s main source of income, with the couple’s income ranging from $224,500 in 2009 to a high of about $346,000 in 2012. In 2013, their income was a little over $191,000, when Nunn took a leave of absence from the Points of Light foundation to begin her run for the Senate.
4. Nunn & Martin Are Raising Their Children Methodist
5. Nunn Is in a Tight Senate Race Against David Perdue
Nunn is the Democratic nominee in the Georgia Senate race against Republican David Perdue. She favors construction of the Keystone Xl Pipeline, opposes the Obama administration’s proposed cuts to defense spending and believes same-sex marriage should be left up to the state, but personally favors it.
Nunn is a slight underdog in the race, but she could emerge victorious, especially if the race goes to a runoff, which appears increasingly likely.