WASHINGTON - The Mortgage Bankers Association endorsed Mel Martinez for secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Wednesday.

"Secretary-designate Martinez's private- and public-sector experience, combined with his reputation for thoughtfulness and creativity, will make him an outstanding HUD secretary, and we urge the committee to support his confirmation," said MBA president Andrew D. Woodward in a letter to Senate Banking Committee members Phil Gramm, R-Tex., and Paul S. Sarbanes, D-Md.

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