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James L. Martin began his career with the National Governors’ Association as deputy director from 1967 to 1979. He then became the legislative counsel and director of the NGA’s Office of State and Federal Relations until his retirement in 1998. As lead legislative counsel, Martin was the chief point person for coordinating the legislative agenda of the nation’s governors with the White House and congressional leadership. He also served as a liaison to the thirty-five Washington offices of individual governors, as well as the coordinator for the state and local coalition. The papers document Martin’s work as a career lobbyist for the NGA. The papers contain correspondence, memoranda, position papers, background materials, research documents, meeting notes, and policy statements related to some of the major legislative issues facing the nation during the 1980s and 1990s. Major topics include: budget, education, government financing, healthcare, mandates, regulatory reform, taxation, and welfare reform.