Mayor Raul L. Martinez, Parliamentarian
Raul L. Martinez, a native of Cuba, arrived in the United States in May 1960 and became a resident of Hialeah in 1969. He is a product of Miami-Dade County Public Schools graduating from Miami Senior High School. He obtained his Associate in Arts Degree from Miami-Dade Community College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University.
Mayor Martinez is currently mayor of the City of Hialeah, the fifth largest city in the state with a population of more than 236,000. Because Hialeah has a mayor-council form of government, Martinez is the political and administrative head of the city as well as its chief executive officer.
Mayor Raul L. Martinez began his public service career in 1971 as a member of Hialeah's Minority Group Housing Committee. In1976 he was appointed to the Personnel Board and later in 1977 elected to the Hialeah City Council. In 1981, Martinez was elected mayor and re-elected in 1983. In 1985 he became the first Hialeah mayor in 44 years to run unopposed. He was re-elected, in 1987 and in 1989 he was elected to a four-year term. The 1993 re-election was his 6th mayoral victory. Martinez was again re-elected mayor in 1997 and 2001 where for the second time in his career ran unopposed.
Martinez has received numerous gubernatorial appointments amongst them the Florida State Commission on Hispanic Affairs from 1979 to 1982, where he was elected Chairman in 1981, and on the Governor's Commission on the Statewide Prosecutor's Function from 1984 to 1985. In 1985, he was appointed by then Governor and current U.S. Senator Bob Graham to the Democratic Policy Commission's Roundtable on Defense and Foreign Policy, as well as to the State Comprehensive Planning Committee.
The Mayor is a past-president of the Dade County League of Cities, the Florida League of Cities and served on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities. He is Chairman of the South Florida Employment and Training Consortium and was the founding vice-chairman of the Beacon Council, a Miami-Dade County development agency composed of public and private sector leaders. The Mayor also served on the High Speed Rail Franchise and Environmental Review Committee. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Hialeah, Inc. (Racetrack).
Mayor Raul L. Martinez was featured in the 1986 December issue of Esquire Magazine as part of the 1986 Esquire Register. His successes have been frequently published in national and local media.
Mayor Martinez is married to Angela Callava. They have a daughter, Aida, and a son, Raul Jr.
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