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Sen. Mel Martinez

Former Senator from Florida, Republican

Martinez, a Republican, was a senator from Florida from 2005 to 2009.

Photo of Sen. Mel Martinez [R-FL, 2005-2009]


Our unique analysis of the bills Martinez sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Martinez is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Martinez was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Martinez sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Health (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Law (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Social Welfare (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Martinez’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Martinez’s Vote Vote Description
Yea On the Nomination PN506: Sonia Sotomayor, of New York, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Aug 6, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 68/31.
Yea On the Nomination PN171: Christopher R. Hill, of Rhode Island, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq
Apr 21, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 73/23.
Nay On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.
Nay On the Nomination PN347: Janet T. Neff, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan
Jul 9, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/4.
Not Voting On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Sep 2009, Martinez missed 53 of 1,574 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Sep 2009. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: