Longtime loybbist Fred Martin dies

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Capitol fixture Fred Martin, who spent more than two decades lobbying and before that was a top staffer on the Senate Commerce Committee, has died, reports David Royse of the News Service of Florida.

Martin, whose clients ranged from insurance companies and banks to a sports museum, also worked at the Department of Insurance for more than a decade.

Martin, a native of Anniston, Ala., died Thursday, according to friends and fellow lobbyists.

“Today we honor Fred Martin, a friend and colleague who passed away,” Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said on Twitter. “Fred’s good nature made a lasting impact on all who knew him.”

Martin moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University and also was a graduate of the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida.

He was the staff director of the Senate Commerce Committee in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

When he went into lobbying, Martin worked first for Barnett Banks, where he was vice president of government relations, before going into business for himself.

As a partner in Public Policy Associates, Martin most recently lobbied for fire equipment dealers and insurers.

Services weren’t set yet Friday afternoon.

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