Martin’s family migrated to Australia in the 1930’s and 1940’s from Poland and the former USSR. Martin was born in Melbourne in 1969 and is the eldest of 3 children.
Martin was educated at Ormond Primary School and Haileybury College and joined the Australian Labor Party in 1987, whilst at Monash University.
At Monash, Martin completed an economics degree (1989), and an Honours degree in Law (1991) winning the Industrial Relations Law Prize in his final year.
From there he served his articles at Macpherson and Kelley Solicitors and stood as the Labor candidate for the Federal Seat of Goldstein in 1993.
In 1993, Martin joined the National Union of Workers, where he served as an Industrial Officer (1993 – 2000), Assistant State Secretary (2000 – 2004) and State Secretary and National Vice President (2004 – 2006).
In 2006, Martin was elected to the Legislative Council as the member for Western Metropolitan Region and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and later Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Ports.
In 2008, Martin was elevated to Cabinet and held the portfolios of Industry and Trade, Industrial Relations and Public Transport. Following the November 2010 election Martin was appointed the portfolios of Shadow Attorney General; Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing and Scrutiny of Government.
In 2013, Martin became the Member for the State Seat of Lyndhurst.
In 2014, Martin was elected to represent the new district of Keysborough in the Legislative Assembly and was appointed to the portfolios of Attorney General and Minister for Racing in the Andrews Labor Government.
A keen football and racing fan, Martin has been a member of the Carlton Football Club for 30 years and is also a member of the Victorian Racing Club.
Martin and his wife have two children.