Former Austin City Councilman
Former Austin Council Member Mike Martinez devoted his entire career to public service and working families over the last 24 years. Before taking office in 2006, Mr. Martinez served as an Austin firefighter for 13 years and in 2003, was elected the President of the Austin Firefighters Association. He also served as the Chair of the Austin Firefighters Association Political Action Committee from 2001-2004, where he represented the interests of public safety professionals in elections and campaigns. Council Member Martinez was sworn in as a City Council Member on June 20, 2006.
Council Member Martinez worked closely with the Animal Advisory Commission, staff at the Austin Animal Center, local nonprofit partners, and volunteers to successfully make Austin the first, successful no-kill, major City in the United States, and possibly the world.
A graduate of Leadership Austin, Mike attended Austin Community College and the University of Texas at Austin. Mike is a strong believer in community involvement and has served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, and as a diversity trainer with the National Coalition Building Institute. Some of his recognitions and awards include; Alliance for Public Transportation, Workers Defense Project, Texas Classroom Teachers Association, Austin Area Asian Network and the US Hispanic Contractors Association. In his 8 years on the city council, Mike was awarded 5 times in the Austin Chronicle’s “Best of Austin” issue for his service on Council.
Mike is a long-time resident of East Austin, where he lives with his wife, Lara Wendler, and their 4 and a half year old son Diego. His 18 year old son, Alejandro is a freshman at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.