Deep Roots in the District

A native of Hampton, Martha attended middle and high school in Poquoson before earning a Bachelors in Communications from Radford University in Southwest Virginia.

Prior to her election to the House, Martha worked for many years in higher education, public relations, and banking. A veteran of the banking industry, Martha has worked closely with small businesses to help them thrive and support job growth in the district.

Martha is deeply committed to her community and especially children. She has been recognized by the Barrett-Peake Foundation for her contributions to the Peninsula, the Hampton Arts Foundation, and the Coastal Virginia Renaissance Award for contributions to the local arts community, and by the Coalition of Justice for Civil Rights for outstanding service to the community.

Martha has been active in a number of local organizations including:

  • Downtown Hampton Child Development Center Board
  • Star Achievers Academy Board
  • Junior Woman’s Club of Hampton, Inc
  • PTA
  • Junior League of Hampton Roads 
  • Historical Foundation of Aberdeen Gardens Board
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Sunday School Teacher at First Presbyterian Church in Hampton
  • No Kid Hungry
  • Hampton Arts Foundation Board
  • The Woman’s Club of Hampton, Inc.

Martha is married to Ross A. Mugler.  She is the proud mother of three children, Chandler, Will, and Anne-Logan, and Granmommie to 6-year-old Devon and 3-year-old Will. 

As Delegate, Martha brings a lifelong passion for education and a deep understanding of the communities that make up the 91st District.

A Passion For Education

Martha became involved in politics through her election to the Hampton School Board in 2008. Seeking to provide the best possible education to the children of the district, Martha served on the school board for twelve years, and was Chair of the Board for four years. 

During her time on the school board, Martha was active at both the state and local levels, serving on boards and committees including:

  • Virginia School Board Association’s Legislative Positions Committee 
  • WHRO Hampton Roads Telecommunications Association Educational Advisory Committee
  • Council for Urban Education
  • National School Board Association

Governor Terry McAuliffe also appointed Martha to the Virginia 529/AbleNow Board (Virginia College Savings Plan).

Delivering for the District

In 2019, the people elected Martha to the Virginia House of Delegates. Martha ran on a platform of improving public education, stabilizing the environment, and expanding access to affordable, quality healthcare. Throughout her first term in office, Martha delivered on her promises to voters, working with both Democrats and Republicans on legislation supporting economic recovery and jobs programs for Virginia’s post-COVID economy, teacher pay, healthcare access, and voting rights.

Looking Forward

Martha is seeking a second term as Delegate to build upon the achievements of her time in the house. If elected to a second term, Martha will build on the momentum of her productive first term and focus on economic recovery and job growth, education, healthcare, and the environment.

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