Secretary and Parliamentarian of the Senate
Joseph A. Totino, M.D., and Mary Doris Totino (dec.)
Mrs. Martin is a 1987 graduate of Archmere Academy and a 1991 graduate of the University of Delaware, where she earned a B.A in English. She is a 1994 graduate of Widener University School of Law, where she earned her J.D., served as a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and earned Distinguished Service Awards from both the Moot Court Honor Society and the Student Bar Association.
Megan and Scott are the proud parents of three children.
Megan Martin has devoted her legal career to serving the public. She has served in the executive branches of both state and federal government, as well as in the judiciary as a judicial law clerk.
In October 2011, she returned to the Governor’s Office of General Counsel to serve as Deputy General Counsel for Transactional and Regulatory matters. Mrs. Martin had previously served in the Governor’s Office, as Special Assistant to the General Counsel, Deputy Director for the Governor’s Office of Public Liaison, and Special Assistant to former Gov. Tom Ridge. During that time, she participated in Duke University’s Strategic Leadership for Executives in State Government and the Office of Administration’s Leadership Development Institute for Women in State Government.
Mrs. Martin also provided legal service to our nation's military as a civilian attorney in the Department of the Navy's Office of the General Counsel, representing the Navy in government contracts, employment, fiscal, and ethics matters. She earned numerous special act and special service awards for this work. Mrs. Martin also served in academia as a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Widener University School of Law and at Harrisburg Area Community College. She was elected Secretary and Parliamentarian in June 2012, and reelected January 2013, January 2015, January 2017 and January 2019.
Office of the Secretary of the Senate
The Secretary of the Senate is responsible for ensuring the successful and smooth operation of the legislative functions of the Senate,
both on and off the floor. To accomplish
this charge, the Secretary oversees a staff of approximately 80 employees and has many responsibilities including: assisting the Presiding Officer
in conducting the business of the session; acting in the capacity of the Parliamentarian; keeping a record of Senate action on bills; transmitting
all bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions and appropriate documents to the House of Representatives; and, attesting all writs, warrants,
and subpoenas issued by order of the Senate. Along with the Presiding Officer, the Secretary certifies the passage of all Senate bills. The Secretary
also acts as the Senate's Right-to-Know Appeals Officer and performs other duties as assigned by leadership of both caucuses.
The Secretary serves as the Parliamentarian, and in that capacity provides advice and assistance on questions relating to the meaning and application
of the Senate's legislative rules (General Operating Rules,
Ethical Conduct Rules), precedents and practices.
Ms. Martin serves as the Right-to-Know Law Appeals Officer for the Senate. Click here for information on how to file a request pursuant to the RTK Law.
Click here for the appellate decisions of the Senate Appeals Officer.
The Secretary supervises all procedural details, the Senate staff that carries out those details, and directs the compilation of:
- Senate Calendar
- Executive Nominations Calendar
- Senate Directory
- Senate History
- Senate Journals
- Bill Amendments
- Miscellaneous Publications
The Secretary has oversight responsibility for the following Senate offices, which serve all members:
- Official Reporter
- Document Room
- Page Service
- Print Shop
- Senate Security
- Capitol Tour Guides *
- Additional Key Senate Staff
The Secretary also selects and supervises the Reading Clerks who serve on the floor during session.
* This office is jointly supervised by the Senate and the House.