Americans Voted for "Certainty"

Saks CEO R. Brad Martin, a stalwart GOPer, says his party won because it can handle complex issues, from the economy to security

Few CEOs understand grass-roots politics as well as Saks CEO R. Brad Martin. After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis, where he was student-body president, Martin went after a seat in the Tennessee General Assembly. Piece of cake: He was elected two days after his 21st birthday in 1972, making him the youngest person ever elected to the Volunteer State's legislature.

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