Senator Mel Martinez Joins CHLI Board
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
SENATOR MEL MARTINEZ JOINS CHLI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WASHINGTON, DC – The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is pleased to announce
United States Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) as a new member to its Board of Directors.
"CHLI is honored to have Senator Mel Martinez join the Board of Directors of this growing organization.
Senator Martinez is a new and refreshing voice in the United States Senate on the issues important to our
communities. We look forward to working with Senator Martinez as we continue to expand our programs
and initiatives,” said
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership
Institute Board of Directors.
"It is an honor to become part of such an effective organization that is committed to helping all Hispanics
achieve the American Dream. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we advance CHLI’s
Senator Mel Martinez.
Melquiades "Mel” Rafael Martinez was sworn in as Florida’s thirty-third Senator on January 4, 2005 and
became the first Cuban-American to serve in the U.S. Senate. Martinez currently serves on the Foreign
Relations, Banking, Energy and Aging Committees. Prior to being elected to the Senate, President
George W. Bush appointed Martinez as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At
HUD, Martinez helped further the goals of an ‘ownership society’ by promoting home-ownership for
low-income workers and minorities. In 1998, he became County Mayor of Orange County. Martinez
received his undergraduate and law degrees from Florida State University.
The Institute’s board members include Members of Congress, corporate executives, and community
leaders who volunteer their time and talents to CHLI.
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is a 501 (C ) (3) non-profit and non-partisan
organization dedicated to creating a broader awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and
views of millions of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. For more information, please visit: