Like boss, like aide: Shuster’s father was chairman of the Transportation Committee, and Martinko’s dad worked for more than 20 years at the Ohio Transportation Department. “It wasn’t something I expected to make a career out of,” the younger Martinko said in an interview. “But I’m fully enjoying it.” The 33-year-old Ohioan has worked for Shuster for seven years and managed his recent election to the chairmanship of the committee. As a top staffer on the panel, Martinko has his hands in almost every policy, including the two-year highway bill Congress passed last year and the waterways bill the committee is crafting now. When he’s not assisting Shuster on the Hill, he’s assisting him on the field. Martinko, a former tight end at Brown University, helps Shuster coach the congressional flag football team that plays every other fall (nonelection years) against the Capitol Police.
This article appears in the July 25, 2013, edition of NJ Daily as Stephen Martinko, Majority Deputy Staff Director.