Martin Louis King, Jr., 1st Viscount King of Karakale
The Honorable Don
The Lord King of Karakale
|35th Governor of the Gold Coast|
December 16, 2016 – December 16, 2020
|Preceded by||Michel Stagg|
|Succeeded by||Antonio Zaragoza|
|Leader of the Official Opposition|
in the Gold Coast
March 17, 2013 – December 16, 2016
|Preceded by||Amanda Bor|
|Succeeded by||Alan Manrique|
|Member of the Gold Coast Senate|
from the 2nd District
December 16, 2012 – December 16, 2016
|Preceded by||Kevin Mullins (redistricted)|
|Succeeded by||Ashley Nunes|
|Member of the Gold Coast Provincial|
Assembly from the 17th District
June 7, 2008 – December 16, 2012
|Preceded by||Ethan Mendez|
|Succeeded by||Barry Bonds|
|Member of the Ventura County Board|
from the 5th District
December 16, 2005 – December 16, 2007
|Preceded by||Nicholas Lyon|
|Succeeded by||Michelle Bianchi|
August 6, 1977|
Porciúncula, Gold Coast,
Noel King, 1st Viscountess of Karakale
(m. 2014; div. 2022)
|Domestic partner||Jasmine Marx (2022–present)|
Baldwin Hills Community College|
University of Sierra, Porciúncula (BA)
Mulholland University (MBA)
King was born in Silver Lake, Porciúncula and was raised in a middle-class family background. He attended the University of Sierra, Porciúncula, and later graduated from Mulholland University in 2001. After graduation, he worked as a venture capitalist, using the wealth he received from his father, and focused on Porciúncula's fashion industry. During his business venture, he was also active at the Selah Heritage Church where he ministered as an associate pastor for the "Sunday Service" series. King began his political career as a member of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, and represented the 5th District (2005–2007). He later represented the 17th District for two terms in the Gold Coast Provincial Assembly from 2008 to 2012. King was noteworthy for being one of the few African-Sierran politicians in subnational office at the time, and one of the Kingdom's youngest elected officials. He was elected into the Gold Coast Senate in 2012, representing the newly redistricted 2nd District.
King became the leader of the Official Royalist Opposition in the Gold Coast Senate in 2013, after his predecessor, Amanda Bor, stepped down from the post. A party favorite, King gained traction within the party ranks for his leadership and commitment towards party policy, and for taking part in an emerging trend of conservative Royalist blacks in politics. He delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Royalist National Convention, controversially declaring that the Royalist's rivals, the Democratic-Republicans, "didn't care about black people". King's landslide 2012 re-election to the Provincial Senate that year signaled a significant upset in the traditionally Democratic-Republican province. In 2016, he was nominated for governor, after a virtually uncontested closed primary by the Royalist Party. He proceeded to win the extremely close general election against Democratic-Republican incumbent, Michel Stagg. He entered office as the Gold Coast's first African-Sierran governor on December 16, 2016.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gold Coast would be hit and King would impose lockdown and other strict measures to contain the spread of the virus. In June of that year, he would lift many restrictions, but kept some like the mask mandate and social distancing which caused major controversy. He would support Black Lives Matter during the George Floyd protests, but would refuse to meet demands to reduce funding for the police. During the 2020 gubernatorial election, he would face off against Antonio Zaragoza of the Democratic-Republican Party and Alexander Wright of the Christian Democrats with King coming in second place being defeated by Zaragoza. He would initially refuse to concede, but admitted defeat on November 17 and was succeeded by Zaragoza on December 16, 2020.
Early life, education, and entry into politics
Martin Louis Omari West King, Jr. was born in Silver Lake, Porciúncula, the only son of Martin Louis King, Sr. and Donna C. King (née Robertson). His parents were third-generation African-Sierrans, with King's maternal great-grandparents hailing from the Continental republic of Okaloosa, and King's paternal great-grandparents coming from the U.C. state of Kentucky. Neither of his parents had ever visited east of the Mississippi at the time of West's birth, and both worked as urban professionals. King's father worked as a legal counsel for Augustine Materials, a local construction company. King's mother was a professor of English at Sierra National University, Dominguez Hills, and worked as the Chair of the English Department at the time of King's birth.
When King was 7, his family moved to a larger house in Terre Vigne. Growing up in a religious household, he and his family attended church services regularly at the Terre Vigne Christian Fellowship Church. King credited his mother's religiosity for influencing his own views and life of faith. King attended Baldwin Vista High School, graduating in 1995, and ranked 6th out of his class of 550 students.
After high school, he attended a year at San Gabriel Valley Community College, before enrolling at the University of Sierra, Porciúncula, as a junior due to the college credits he earned from passing several AL tests from high school. He graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in business administration, and his masters in business at Mulholland University in 2001.
Prior to entering into politics, King used funding from his father to help start-up his friends' firms, and other businesses throughout Porciúncula. He became a financial adviser at Von Holt, and worked closely in the local fashion scene, contributing his own ideas to the company's shoe line. King was also an active member of the Selah Heritage Church, a nondenominational megachurch where he preached and ministered as an associate pastor. He led the church's "Sunday Service" program during noontime which heavily incorporated music in the worship experience, and was the main worship coordinator for the church's youth ministry.
In 2005, King ran for the newly created seat for the 5th District of Ventura County Board of Supervisors as a Royalist. Young and inexperienced in law and politics, he was regarded as the underdog in the race against fellow candidate and former district attorney Rick Vossen in the Royalist primary. During the race, King pointed towards his success as a student, and a young entrepreneur, and stressed on his ability to bring "fresh changes" to county politics. During his campaign, he personally raised $400,000 from his own funds to run, and another $300,000 from supporters. King defeated Vossen 54%–46%, and proceeded on to run against Democratic-Republican challenger Tommy Sanchez, a former public school teacher, and Libertarian challenger Sean Toole. King defeated Sanchez and Toole with 48%–47%–5%.
As a member of the Board of Supervisors, he represented the Simi Valley area and Ventura County portion of the San Fernando Valley. During his tenure, he promoted community safety and transportation improvements. He championed mental health services for the mentally ill, and spearheaded the Human Services Agency's employment assistance program. King and his colleagues also balanced the budget. Part of the balancing effort included the dismissal of over 100 positions from office that the Board deemed unnecessary. Towards the end of King's term, he oversaw the incorporation of Royal Oaks, a new community within his district, and met and congratulated the newly elected municipal government leadership.
In 2007, King shifted his ambitions towards an open seat in the Gold Coast Senate. He announced his intention to run for the seat during the late fall, just two months away from the party primaries.
Gold Coast Provincial Assembly
King was elected into the Gold Coast Provincial Assembly on June 7, 2008, representing the 17th District, placing first in a seven-member race. King received 43.7 percent of the vote, defeating Democratic-Republican opponent Chuck Newsom. He ran as a business-friendly candidate who opposed what he described as "corrupt elitism" in Gold Coast politics, and sought to challenge the Democratic-Republicans' stronghold over provincial affairs.
Gold Coast Senate
Energy and environment
King completely opposes abortion due to his subscription to the consistent life ethic and religious faith. He stated that "life is a precious, sacred blessing that God alone creates from the moment of conception". King would only allow abortion in instances where the pregnancy endangers the mother's life. He believes that doctors and physicians who perform abortions should be convicted for murder, while women who seek abortions should be required to go through "life-centered family planning" classes. He supports defunding Planned Parenthood of Sierra completely and would force the institution to stop providing abortion services.
Royalist Governors Association
Martin Louis King, Jr. was elected chair of the Royalist Governors Association in February 2017 by the organization's committee. He had won the position thanks to support from the organization's members and officials due to his upset victory in the 2016 election...
| Member of the Ventura County
Board of Supervisors
from the 5th District
| Member of the Gold Coast
from the 17th District
| Member of the Gold Coast Senate
from the 2nd District
|Preceded by|| Governor of the Gold Coast
|Party political offices|
| Royalist Opposition Leader
of the Gold Coast Senate
|Peerage of Sierra|
| Viscount King