Martin Lancaster

Harold Martin Lancaster ( born March 24, 1943 in Pate Town, Wayne County, North Carolina) is an American politician. Between 1987 and 1995 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Martin Lancaster attended the public schools in Wayne County, where he grew up on a tobacco farm. Then he studied until 1965 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a subsequent law degree from the same university and his 1967 was admitted to the bar he began to work as a military lawyer for the U.S. Navy. By 1970 he was in active service, after which he belonged until 1993, the reserve of these weapons on. After the end of his time as a military lawyer, he was established in 1970 as a private attorney in Goldsboro operates. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career.

Between 1978 and 1986, Lancaster was a deputy in the House of Representatives from North Carolina. In the congressional elections of 1986 he was in the third constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Charles Orville Whitley on January 3, 1987. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1995 four legislative sessions. There he was a member of the Armed Services Committee, in Landwirtschaftsauschuss, the Committee for Fisheries and Merchant Marine as well as in the Committee on Small Business. In the 1994 elections Lancaster was defeated by Republican Walter B. Jones.

In 1995 he was part of the senior staff of President Bill Clinton; 1996-1997 he was the successor of Nancy P. Dorn Deputy Defense Minister ( Assistant Secretary of the Army ) for the field construction. Between 1997 and 2008 he served as president of the North Carolina Community College System. Since 2008 he works in Raleigh as a member of one of the largest law firms of the city.