Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) announced on Tuesday that he will retire at the end of his term, which ends in 2010. Martinez pushed for an immigration reform bill and was one of the biggest Republican boosters for amnesty in the Senate.

Martinez is in the middle of his first and only term as Senator. Before running for the Seante, he served on President Bush's cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He also served as the general chairman of the Republican National committee in 2007.

Martinez was born in Cuba and at the age of 15 fled to the United States as part of a Catholic humanitarian refugee effort. He first lived in the United States alone before being reunited with his family in Orlando, which is the location of his state headquarters.

The Associated Press has more on this story.


Updated: Thu, May 14th 2009 @ 11:17am EDT