J. Michael Martinez began his career in the private practice of law. He later earned a Ph.D. in political science and a second Ph.D. in public administration. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Congressional Lions: Trailblazing Members of Congress and How They Shaped American History (Lexington, 2019). He teaches political science and public administration courses at several Georgia universities, most recently at Georgia Gwinnett College and the University of Georgia