Martin Howard Perper, 60, a Northern Virginia businessman and former Republican state legislator, died of cancer Nov. 21 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Mr. Perper served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1977 until 1981, when he was defeated for reelection in a Republican primary. He also had run unsuccessfully as a Republican independent for the U.S. Senate in 1976 and for the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia's 10th District in 1980.

He was known in Richmond as an outspoken maverick who won points in the eyes of his fellow legislators for his hard work and conscientiousness. Critics accused him of being abrasive and egocentric.

Mr. Perper, a resident of Fairfax, was born in Philadelphia and moved to Washington as a youth. He attended Roosevelt High School, Staunton Military Academy and George Washington University.

In his business career, he operated a McLean-based management consulting firm and built and operated several Holiday Inns and other motels.

His marriages to Ellen Ehrlich, Monica Perper and Freda Perper ended in divorce.

Survivors include his companion, Debra Stevens of Fairfax; three children from his first marriage, Donald Perper of Germantown, Barry Perper of Bel Air, Md., and Sherri Haddad of Springfield; three children from his second marriage, Melanie Love of Falls Church, Myles Perper of Savannah, Ga., and Mason Perper of Manassas; and eight grandchildren.