Learn more about the Councilwoman that represents the Sixth District of Los Angeles.
Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the President Pro-Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council. As one of the only two women elected out of 18 Los Angeles city offices, she is the first Latina to ever hold a leadership position on the Council, and the first Latina to hold the position of President Pro-Tempore.
As the Councilwoman for the Sixth Council District, Councilwoman Martinez is a champion of bringing basic services of city government to the often-underserved communities she represents. She is focused on the day-to-day issues ranging from fixing sidewalks and roads to cleaning up trash, debris, and bulky items on neighborhood streets. She works tirelessly to ensure that the families in her District have safe neighborhoods where they can raise their children.
At City Hall, Councilwoman Martinez leads the Council on major initiatives such as fighting human trafficking, empowering women, and reducing the negative impact of those who would pollute our environment.
Councilwoman Martinez has dedicated her entire life to the San Fernando Valley, where she was born and raised. She was also proud to serve her community on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education from 2009-2013. As a product of public schools and the first in her family to graduate from college, Councilwoman Martinez led the School Board in advocating for arts education and was devoted to expanding access to quality education for all communities.
The daughter of immigrant parents, Councilwoman Martinez spent her childhood admiring her parents’ hard work and learning from them the importance of community involvement. Her father was a dishwasher who took the bus every day from Pacoima to Sherman Oaks, while her mother worked on an assembly line at the Price Pfister factory in Pacoima. This stable, union job provided, for the first time ever, healthcare coverage for Councilwoman Martinez’s entire family. When Price Pfisterannounced plans to relocate to Mexico, Councilwoman Martinez organized to save local jobs that supported working families.
Councilwoman Martinez was elected to the Los Angeles City Council on July 23, 2013 in a special election, and she was re-elected on March 3, 2015. On January 15, 2019, Councilwoman Martinez was appointed President Pro Tempore of the Council. In addition to serving as the President Pro-Tem of the Council, she is the Chair of the Energy, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice Committee and Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee. She is also a member of the Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights, and Equity Committee, Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee, and the Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.
Councilwoman Martinez is a graduate of San Fernando High School and California State University, Northridge. She and her husband Gerry live in Sun Valley with their daughter, Isabelle.