Mel Martinez ( born Mel Martínez , completely Melkiades Rafael Martinez , Spanish Melquíades Rafael Martínez ; born October 23, 1946 , Cuba ) - American politician, US Senator from the state of Florida , member of the Republican Party .
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He graduated from the University of Florida , received a degree in law (1973) and practiced law in the city of Orlando .
In 2001-2003 - US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development , resigned from this post to run for the US Senate . He was elected in 2004.