It has been a great privilege to serve in the president's Cabinet and lead the 9,300 hard-working employees of HUDHUD secretary resigns Dec 09, 2003
Seventy five percent of the Anglos in America own a home; the minority home ownership in America is below 50 percent. So we want there to be 5.5 million new minority homeownersBush reaches out to Latinos Oct 15, 2003
We need a little tort reform in this great state of California. You got a new governor; I'll talk to him about it tomorrow. I am going to mention tort reform as a way to make sure our job base continues to expandBush reaches out to Latinos Oct 15, 2003
In spite of overwhelming need, very little new construction of single-family homes occurs today in lower-income neighborhoodsCalif. releases funds for housing Jan 23, 2003
My priorities have always been my faith, my family and my country, and at this stage in my life, and after nearly 12 years of public service in Florida and Washington, it's time I return to Florida and my familyCrist in unique position as Martinez quits Aug 08, 2009
Melquíades Rafael Martínez Ruiz, usually known as Mel Martinez (born October 23, 1946), is a former United States Senator from Florida and served as Chairman of the Republican Party from November 2006 until October 19, 2007, the first Latino to serve as chairman of a major party. Previously, Martínez served as the 12th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George W. Bush. Martínez is a Cuban-American and Roman Catholic. He announced he was resigning as Chairman of the Republican National Committee on October 19, 2007. He is an honorary initiate of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity through the Eta Rho Chapter at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Martínez resigned his cabinet post on December 12, 2003, to run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida being vacated by retiring Democratic Senator Bob Graham. Martínez secured the Republican nomination and narrowly defeated the Democratic nominee, Betty Castor. His election made him the first Cuban-American to serve in the U.S. Senate. Furthermore, he and Ken Salazar (who is Mexican-American) were the first Hispanic U.S. Senators since 1977. They were joined by a third, Bob Menéndez (who is also Cuban-American) in January 2006, until Salazar resigned from the Senate on January 20, 2009, to become Secretary of the Interior. On December 2, 2008, Martinez announced he would not be running for re-election to the Senate in 2010.
On August 7, 2009, CNN and the Orlando Sentinel reported that Martinez would be resigning from his Senate seat. Later that month, Governor Crist announced that he would appoint George LeMieux as the successor to Martínez for the remaining year and a half of the Senate term.