A replacement has been chosen for Sen. Mel Martinez, who stepped down from his U.S. Congress post a few weeks ago. Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for the seat in 2010, appointed Broward County native George LeMieux to temporarily hold the seat until the upcoming election.
“The process of selecting a United States Senator has been guided by the intent to select someone of great honor and integrity, who also has demonstrated a commitment to serve the people of our state,” said Crist, who announced the choice Friday. “I am grateful to Senator Mel Martinez for his years of service to our great state. His is a story that illustrates the American Dream for so many in this country and around the world. I wish him and his family well as he transitions back into private life.”
“So many of the individuals who serve in our administration sacrifice time with their families and financial opportunities in the private sector to give back to the very communities that nurtured their upbringing in our great state and around the country,” added Crist. “George LeMieux has been a tremendous example of this very type of commitment. When the private sector first called, George chose the path of public service – to first serve as Deputy Attorney General, and then as Chief of Staff in our administration.”
LeMieux grew up in Coral Springs, graduated Emory University, and then law school in Georgetown before returning home. In 2000, George was elected Chairman of the Broward County Republican Party. In 2003, he was asked by then Attorney General Charlie Crist to serve as Florida’s Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Staff to the Attorney General’s Office where he supervised more than 400 lawyers and 1300 total staff. As Deputy Attorney General he appeared on behalf of the State of Florida in the United States Supreme Court where he argued for and won a unanimous decision in a death penalty case. In 2006, Charlie Crist asked LeMieux to run his campaign for Governor where he supervised the campaign’s strategic, media and grassroots operations.
He has argued before the United States Supreme Court and played an integral role in the creation of the Florida Cyber Crime Unit, said Crist, adding that he was instrumental in developing legislation to provide handheld devices to protect our children and to improve higher education for our students.
“I congratulate George LeMieux for being appointed by the governor to fill the remainder of my term,” said Martinez. “George is bright, capable, and an accomplished administrator. My staff and I stand ready to ensure a smooth transition.”
To learn more about LeMieux, visit The LeMieux Report.