Mel Martinez

Melquíades Rafael Ruiz Martínez, usually known as Mel Martínez , is a Cuban-American lobbyist and former politician who served as a United States Senator from Florida from 2005 to 2009 and as general chairman of the Republican Party from November 2006 until October 19, 2007. 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. Wikipedia*

On the C-SPAN Networks:
Mel Martinez has 271 videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 2000 News Conference as an Executive for the Orange County, FL. The year with the most videos was 2007 with 55 videos as a Republican Senator for Florida. The year with the highest average number of views per program was 2008 with an average of 2,014 views per program. Most appearances with George W. Bush (4), Betty Castor (3), Norman Y. Mineta (3). Most common tags: Housing, Immigration, Senate.

Appearances by Title:c. January 1, 2015 - Present Co-Chair, Senior Health and Housing Task Force, Bipartisan Policy Center

Videos: 1 Co-Chair, Housing Commission, Bipartisan Policy Center

Videos: 1 Executive, Orange County, FL

Videos: 2


Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development January 24, 2001 - December 13, 2003 Videos: 32 U.S. Senator, R-FL January 3, 2005 - September 9, 2009 Videos: 204 General Chair, Republican National Committee c. November 1, 2006 - October 19, 2007 Videos: 31

Recent Appearances

  • Challenges to Freedom and Democracy

    Challenges to Freedom and Democracy

    Former Housing Secretary Mel Martinez joined Jean Case, the CEO of the Case Foundation, for a panel discussion about…

  • Senior Health Care and Housing

    Senior Health Care and Housing

    Former Housing and Urban Development Secretaries Mel Martinez and Henry Cisneros and former Representatives Allyson Schwartz and…

  • Housing Finance Policy

    Housing Finance Policy

    House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) talked about the future of home ownership. He talked about the role…

  • Housing Policy

    Housing Policy

    Members of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission talked about the findings of their report calling for the…

  • Senator Rubio Address at NALEO Conference

    Senator Rubio Address at NALEO Conference

    Senator Marco Rublio (R-FL) spoke at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) annual conference. He…

  • Nomination of Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke

    Nomination of Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke

    The Senate Banking Committee voted out of committee the nomination of Ben Bernanke to continue as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.…

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Past Elections

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