| Virginia Morse "Ginny" Martínez|
(Louisiana Republican National Committeewoman, 1977 to 1992)
|Born|| 1922 |
Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts,USA
|Died|| June 25, 1992 (aged 69) |
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Spouse|| Reginald Vincent Martinez, Jr. (married 1946-1992, her death)|
Virginia Morse Martinez, usually known as Ginny Martinez (1922 - June 25, 1992), was a long-term Republican Party official who is credited with having landed her party's 1988 Republican National Convention in her adopted home city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Delegates nominated the Bush-Quayle ticket. Martinez had been a notable supporter of Bush.
Martinez was the Louisiana Republican National Committeewoman from 1977 until her death in 1992. As a member of the RNC Executive Committee in Washington, D.C., she fought for the Louisiana Superdome (since the Mercedes-Benz Superdome) as the 1988 convention site. Martinez was a member of both the convention Host Committee, which produced the 80-page program, and the Calendar Committee. The delegates were greeted by then Democratic Governor Buddy Roemer, who three years later in the spring of 1991 switched to Republican affiliation, only to lose his reelection race.
Life and career
Martinez was born in Milford in Worcester County in southern Massachusetts. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy there and then Hunter College in New York City. During World War II, she was a lieutenant in the United States Navy WAVES. In 1946, after her marriage to Reginald V. Martinez, Jr. (1922–2006), she relocated to New Orleans, where her family resided until 1977, when the Martinezes moved to the nearby suburb of Kenner in Jefferson Parish.
Martinez became active in the Republican Party during the 1971-1972 gubernatorial election, when she, along with state party chairman Charles de Gravelles of Lafayette and his wife, Virginia de Gravelles, organized on behalf of Republican nominee David C. Treen, then of Metairie in Jefferson Parish. Treen, only the second Republican since Reconstruction to make a serious bid for governor, was defeated in that election cycle but won the governorship eight years later in 1979. She later worked to elect William Henson Moore, of Baton Rouge and Bob Livingston of suburban New Orleans to the United States House of Representatives. Martinez was the founding president of the Lakefront Republican Women's Club and held membership in similar organizations in New Orleans and Kenner. She was a member of the Capitol Hill Club in Washington and the City Club in New Orleans. In addition, she was a former vice president of the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women, a political support group founded in 1953. She was the treasurer of the Republican National Conventions which met in 1980 in Detroit, Michigan, and in 1984 in Dallas, Texas.
From 1984 until her death of cancer at the age of sixty-nine in Southern Baptist Hospital of New Orleans, Martinez served as a director of St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She is interred at the Lake Lawn Mausoleum in New Orleans.
In 1991, the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women established the "Ginny Martinez Scholarship Award" to honor her work in encouraging young women to enter government service. In 1994, Martinez was among the first nine inductees, along with Mary Evelyn Parker and former state Senator Virginia Shehee, into the Louisiana Center for Women and Government Hall of Fame at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.
- Virginia Martinez obituary, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 26, 1992.
- New Old Bush Supporters. The Washington Times (February 14, 1988). Retrieved on September 16, 2019.
- National Federation of Republican Women
- Louisiana Center for Women and Government – Past Inductees. Nicholls.edu. Retrieved on September 6, 2009.