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Senator Mel Martinez Joins CHLI Board

Tuesday, August 30, 2005  
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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

goals,” said

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:

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