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MARTINEZ, Melquiades R. (Mel)

(1946—)

Senate Years of Service: 2005-
Party: Republican

MARTINEZ, Melquiades R. (Mel), a Senator from Florida; born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba, on October 23, 1946; immigrated to the United States in 1962; lived with foster families until reunited with his family in Orlando, Fla., in 1966; J.D., College of Law, Florida State University 1973; practiced law in Orlando, Fla., for twenty-five years; secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development 2001-2005; elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 2004 for term ending January 3, 2011.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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