Martin Frost

Former U.S. Congressman (D-TX)

Martin Frost was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978 and spent the next 26 years in the national legislature.

Mr. Frost served six years on the House Budget Committee and was chairman of the Health Task Force from 1985–1988. During the 1996 and 1998 elections, he was the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and in 1999, he became chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. During his last term, he was the ranking member of the House Rules Committee and the dean of the Texas congressional delegation.

Mr. Frost was the principal author of the 1992 Industrial Base and Defense Conversion Act and authored the National Amber Alert law. He is also a co-author of the privacy provisions in the landmark financial industry deregulation statute and the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. A long-time defender of business rights, he won the 1994 Spirit of Enterprise award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Frost is currently chairman of the board of the National Endowment for Democracy, a bi-partisan foundation that promotes democracy around the world. He is also the co-author, with former Congressman Tom Davis, of “The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a law degree from Georgetown Law School. In 2005, Mr. Frost was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and in 2006, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars named him a public policy scholar.