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Mel Martinez (born October 23, 1946) is an American politician. He represented Florida in the United States Senate from 2005 until 2009. He was the 12th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He is a Republican.[1]

Mel Martinez
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United States Senator
from Florida
In office
January 3, 2005 – September 9, 2009
Preceded byBob Graham
Succeeded byGeorge LeMieux
12th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
In office
January 24, 2001 – December 13, 2003
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byAndrew Cuomo
Succeeded byAlphonso Jackson
Personal details
Melquíades Rafael Martínez Ruiz

(1946-10-23)October 23, 1946
Sagua La Grande, Cuba
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kitty Martínez
ChildrenLauren Martínez
John Martínez
Andrew Martínez
Alma materFlorida State University

Martinez was born on October 23, 1946 in Sagua La Grande, Cuba. He graduated from Florida State University. He is married to Kitty Martínez. They have three children.


  1. "Martinez, Melquiades R. (Mel)". Office of Art and Archives and Office of the Historian, The United States Congress. Retrieved July 30, 2015.

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