Peter Martin
1 1/2 Willow Street
Newport, RI 02840


De La Salle Academy - 1959
Providence College - BA Sociology - 1964,
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work - 1965 - 1966,
Bryant College - MBA - 1969 - 1977.

Civic Experience

Rhode Island House of Representatives

In November 2008, I was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives. I was reelected in December 2010 for another two-year term. Detailed information can be found on the District 75 section of this website.

Aquidneck Island Planning Commission

In December 2004, I was elected to serve as the Chairman of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission. I was reelected in December 2005 for another one-year term.

West Side Task Force

For the past four years, I have served as a member of the West Side Task Force, the AIPC sponsored organization that developed the West Side Master Plan for Aquidneck Island.

City of Newport Planning Board

In February 2003, I was asked to serve on the City of Newport - Planning Board. The following October, I was elected Secretary of the Board and appointed to the Aquidneck Island Planning Comission.

Bike Path / Pedestrian Walkway Survey

In 2002, I designed, organized, and conducted a survey of the Newport County residents regarding the conversion of one of the local railroad tracks to a bike path / pedestrian walkway. [The results show an overwhelming interest in this idea].

Woonsocket Citizens Advisory Board

While a resident of Woonsocket, RI [1965 - 1978], I was an active follower of local politics. I was appointed to and served on the Citizens Advisory Board.

Social Services

Upon graduation from college, I became a Psychiatric Social Worker for two years, went to Boston College Graduate School of Social Work for one year, did an internship at the Brockton VA Hospital, and then worked in the administration of the Poverty Program at Progress for Providence.

Early Political Experience

During my Providence College education, I served in the Rhode Island Senate for four years as the page for Senator Joseph Savage. I also served for two years as the Newport County Vice President for the Rhode Island Young Democrats.

Committee Experience

Committee on Data System Languages

For 6 years, I worked as the Raytheon representative on the nationally recognized CODASYL Committee on Command Languages. This committe developed an industry standard computer command language which was a forerunner to MS/DOS.

Lake Hiawatha Owners Group

While an investor in waterfront property at Lake Hiawatha, in Bellingham, Ma, I was an active member of the association which owned the rights to the lake. My activities included studying lake water management issues and presenting these issues to the public.

Business Experience

For many years, my professional responsibilities included:

setting up computer systems,
developing and evaluating application systems,
organizing and presenting information, and
building technical and marketing presentations.
I have many years of experience with PC based applications including: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

Further details of my business experience can be seen on my website at

Volunteer Activities

Old Colony & Newport Railway

Since returning to Newport in 2000, I have been an active volunteer on the Old Colony & Newport Railway.

Activites have included organizing and supervising an annual railway cleanup effort [with City Year members, the City of Newport Clean Cities program, and others], building PowerPoint presentations for national tradeshows, publishing an 18 page booklet on the history of the railway, and attending local meetings as the OCNRR representative.

In 2004, I led the battle with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and the Newport Dinner Train to keep the Old Colony and Newport Railway's rights to operation on the Newport Secondary Track.

In addition, I now serve as a qualified engineer and brakeman for the tourist runs.

Ancient Order of Hibernians

In 2002, I volunteered to build and maintain a website for the Newport Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. I was appointed to the Hibernian's Scholarship Committee in February of 2007. I became a member of the Hibernians in March of 2007.

In 2008, I volunteered to rebuild and maintain a website for the Rhode Island State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Newport Gulls

For the past three years, I have been a 'game day' volunteer for the Newport Gulls, the local NECBL [New England College Baseball League] team.

RIDOT Adopt-A-Highway Program

I have adopted the areas of Americas Cup Avenue and the local section of the Newport Secondary Track through the RIDOT Adopt a Highway program. This involves keeping the areas clean of litter and debris and has lead to the coordination of annual City Year Clean up projects.

Point Association

I am a member of the Point Association of Newport.

Local Business Activities

Stacy House Apartments

I have owned and managed 'affordable housing' property at 1 and 1 1/2 Willow Street for 30 years. I operate these buildings as year round rental units for low to medium income Newport residents. Over the years, most of my tenants have been native Newporters.

Stacy House Designs

My hobby as a photographer has let to the creation of a small greeting card business. The offerings are available in six stores in the Newport area.

CCRI School of Nursing

I have developed classroom presentation materials for ten of the CCRI School of Nursing lectures. These presentations are available on-line at

Web Site Developments

My interest in creative work has led to my building approximately 16 websites. Most of them have been for non-profit organizations.


Photography - My interest in photography has led to a small PhotoNote and photo business , the posting of nearly 200 photos on the New England Railroad Photo Archives, recent publications in RailPace magazine and the Boston Globe travel section special.

Music - I became a 'late life' music student, studying at the Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco and taking private piano lessons. I also have played blues harmonica in over 41 clubs throughout the United States.

Telephone: (401) 847-0651 home
(401) 965-6137 cell phone