Melquiades R. (Mel) MARTINEZ, Congress, FL (1946)
Senate Years of Service:2005-2009
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 and served from January 3, 2005, until his resignation on September 9, 2009.
Martinez, Mel, with Ed Breslin. A Sense of Belonging: From Castro's Cuba to the U.S. Senate, One Man's Pursuit of the American Dream. New York: Crown Forum, 2008.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present