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Sen. Mel Martinez

Former Senator for Florida

Martinez was a senator from Florida and was a Republican. He served from 2005 to 2009.

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


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Martinez is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2010 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Martinez sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 24, 2005 to Dec 22, 2010. See full 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 at least about half 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 PN171: Christopher R. Hill, of Rhode Island, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq
Apr 21, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 73/23.
Yea H.R. 2 (111th): Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009
Jan 29, 2009. Bill Passed 66/32.
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:

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