Jim is president of the 60 Plus Association, a 15-year-old organization that has been called “an increasingly influential lobbying group for the elderly.” Martin coined “death tax” for the “estate tax.”
A former Marine with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Martin was a Capitol Hill reporter while John Kennedy was president. In 1968, he was instrumental in hiring a 22-year-old Yale graduate—George W. Bush—to work on Senator Edward J. Gurney’s (R-FL) campaign. Martin swims a mile daily, is a pitcher for a nationally ranked senior softball team, and plays basketball in two senior citizen leagues over 60 and over 65. He was the leading scorer in both leagues in 2003.
He competed in the Senior Olympics in Louisville Kentucky in June 2007 in the over 70 age group.