Sen. Martinez Takes a Bow
By Perry Bacon Jr.
Declaring himself "grateful" for the opportunity to serve, Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) on Wednesday officially resigned from the U.S. Senate.
Martinez, who had announced earlier in the year he was not seeking reelection, decided last month he was ready to leave Congress even sooner and would depart as soon as a replacement was selected by Gov. Charlie Crist. George LeMieux, Crist's former chief of staff, was tapped to replace Martinez and will be sworn in Thursday to the Senate.
Martinez, who has not announced his future plans, said he would continue his work as the first Cuban-American elected to the Senate on issues important to the community.
"Even though I will no longer hold public office, my passion to work to see the day when people in Cuba will live in freedom will continue," he said.
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September 9, 2009; 1:54 PM ET
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