- Conservative Party of Canada
Appointed on the advice of:
Stephen Harper (C)
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Yonah (Kim) Martin was appointed to the Senate by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper in January 2009. She is the first Canadian of Korean descent to serve in the Senate of Canada and the first Korean-Canadian Parliamentarian in Canadian history. Born in Seoul, Korea, Yonah Martin immigrated to Canada in 1972 and has since been a resident of Vancouver and Burnaby, BC. Graduate of the University of British Columbia in 1987, she spent 21 years as an educator until her appointment to the Senate. She proudly represents her home province of BC; and various important constituency groups, including the Veterans of the Korean War. Her Senate Public Bill (Korean War Veterans Day Act) received Royal Assent on June 19, 2013, to enact July 27 as an annual day of remembrance.
Senator Martin has received the Spirit of Community award for Cultural Harmony (2004), the Order of Korea Moran Medal from the Government of the Republic of Korea (2009), the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), the Royal Canadian Legion's Friendship Award (2014), and the King Clancy Award (2016). She has been married to Doug Martin since 1990; and they have one daughter.
Senator Martin served as Co-Chair of The Standing Joint Committee of Scrutiny of Regulations (2010-2011); then as Deputy Whip of the Government in the Senate (May 2011 to August 2013) and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate (Sept 2013 to October 2015). She is currently the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
Current Member of the following Senate committee(s):
The Leader of the Government in the Senate, or, in the absence of that Leader, the Deputy Leader of the Government, and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, or, in the absence of that Leader, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, are members ex officio in addition to the number of appointed members, of the Committee of Selection and all select committees of the Senate.