MARTINEZ, Melquiades R. (Mel) (1946-)

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.

University of Miami
Special Collections
Miami, FL
Papers: 1998-2009 (bulk 2005-2009). 89 boxes. Senatorial papers including legislative and committee files, schedules and appointments, correspondence with constituents and colleagues, speeches and floor statements, media coverage, casework files, campaign files, administrative records, photographs, audiovisual materials, and electronic records. Some scans of childhood photographs and memorabilia relating to Martinez's childhood in Cuba and immigration to the United States also is included. Topics include Florida projects, immigration, U.S.-Cuba relations, services to the elderly, and Florida environment including issues relatig to offshore oil drilling. Finding aid available online.

  • Foglesong, Richard E. Immigrant Prince: Mel Martinez and the American Dream. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011.
  • 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.
  • "Mel Martinez" in Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2013.
  • U.S. Congress. Tributes Delivered in Congress: Mel Martinez, United States Senator, 2005-2009. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2010.