Melquíades Rafael Martínez Ruiz, usually known as Mel Martínez , is an American lobbyist and former politician who served as a United States Senator from Florida from 2005 to 2009 and 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. Wikipedia*
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Mel Martinez has 271 videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 2000 News Conference as an Executive. 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 1,862 views per program as a General Chair for the Republican National Committee. Most appearances with George W. Bush (4), Betty Castor (3), Norman Y. Mineta (3). Most common tags: Housing, Immigration, Senate.