Representative Marty Wilde grew up in rural Oregon. His father was an organic farmer on the coast range, his mother was an educator. His family was poor but were able to survive with the support of his community and the government. Investments in programs like Medicaid, food stamps, and public schools allowed him and his sister to succeed. This experience formed the base of his belief that the government should care for its citizens and his desire to serve his community to pay back that debt.
After graduating from University of Maryland, Marty decided to commit himself to public service by joining the Oregon Army National Guard and later the Air National Guard. Through his 25 years of military service Rep. Wilde has fought forest fires in Oregon, worked on converting a coal plant in Alaska, prosecuted cases of sexual assault in Qatar, hunted down war criminals in Bosnia, and served as Chief, Rule of Law in Afghanistan. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his work in Afghanistan.
While in the Oregon National Guard, Marty attended Law School at University of Oregon. Between his deployments, he volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and served as an Assistant District Attorney in Texas and later as a Deputy District Attorney in Albany, Oregon. In Texas, he earned a Master of Laws in health law at University of Houston. Later, he completed a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland.
He moved back to Eugene in 2010 where he began to work more directly to improve the community. He served as President of City Club of Eugene for two years, served on the Eugene City Budget Committee for three years, and volunteered as a Long Term Care Ombudsman. In Eugene, he continued to support survivors of domestic violence as a volunteer with the Senior Law Service, while also working in a family law practice. He transitioned to serving as the Executive Director of the Lane County Medical Society where he worked to help improve access to care for patients on the Oregon Health Plan, unionize physicians, and organize a Women's Circle to help female physicians network and support one another. Marty lives in Lane County with his wife, Monique, and his two children.