Sen. Mel Martinez

Mel Martinez is a United States senator from Florida, a Republican, a Cuban American, and the former U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George W. Bush.

Born in Cuba, Mr. Martinez arrived in the United States at age 15. Not knowing a word of English, Mel learned the language, earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Florida State University, and went on to practice law for 25 years. Today, Sen. Martinez serves as the first Cuban American in the U.S. Senate.

2008 National Hispanic Initiatives Committee

Ralph de la Vega, Chairman
Tico Perez, BSA National Commissioner
Carlos Alcazar
Ernest W. Bromley
Mario M. Carrera
Sen. Mel Martinez
Frank Ramirez
Most Rev. James A. Tamayo, D.D.

National Hispanic Initiatives Division

Marcos A. Nava, Director
Maria Dahl-Smith, Associate Director