|Running for Governor of Arizona|
|Date of primary||August 26, 2014|
|Arizona State Senate District 11|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||5|
|Per diem||$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Bachelor's||United States Merchant Marine Academy, 1969|
|Master's||United States Naval War College, 1994|
|Service/branch||United States Navy Reserves|
|Birthday||November 3, 1944|
|Place of birth||Helena, MT|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Melvin announced on April 22, 2013 that he is running for the office of Governor of Arizona in the 2014 elections. Current incumbent Gov. Jan Brewer (R) cannot run for re-election due to term limits, leaving the seat open in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
Melvin earned his B.S. from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1969, his M.B.A. in International Management from American Graduate School in 1972, and his Diploma from United States Naval War College in 1994. His professional experience includes working as a teacher for the University of Arizona from 2002 to 2006 and working as a consultant for American Quality International Consulting from 2002 to 2006. Melvin served as a Captain in the United States Navy from 1997 to 1999 and a Ship's Officer in the American Maritime Officers from 1999 to 2002.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Melvin served on the following committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Commerce, Energy and Military, Chair|
|• Senate Ethics|
|• Public Safety, Vice Chair|
|• Capital Review|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Melvin served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Border Security, Federalism and States Sovereignty|
|• Commerce and Energy, Chair|
|• Economic Development and Jobs Creation, Vice Chair|
|• Senate Ethics|
|• Border Security Advisory, Co-Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Melvin served on these committees:
|Arizona Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Appropriations, Vice Chair|
|• Public Safety and Human Services|
|• Veterans and Military Affairs|
See Al Melvin's official website for a list of sponsored legislation.
The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.
Melvin received a score of 64 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of B according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 2 more than his score on the 2011 report card. Melvin’s 64 in 2012 was tied for the 12th highest grade among all 30 Arizona State Senators.
Medicaid expansion lawsuit
Al Melvin is one of the 36 Republican members of the state legislature who signed onto a lawsuit in September 2013 against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer with the conservative Goldwater Institute over the Arizona Medicaid Expansion.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act in June 2012, Brewer, a Republican who had long fought for its repeal, ultimately broke ranks with her party on the issue of Medicaid. She first publicly embraced Arizona's participation in the federally controlled Medicaid expansion during her 2013 State of the State address. In addition to conceding the futility of continued opposition to Obamacare in the wake of the Supreme Court decision and Obama's re-election victory, Brewer discussed the considerable popular support for expanding patient eligibility: residents had already voted twice to make the state government provide free care for everyone up to the federal poverty line.
By June, a Medicaid expansion law had obtained passage in Arizona, despite a reluctant Republican-led state legislature. The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives responded by filing a referendum to block the Medicaid Expansion law from taking effect, but the referendum failed to collect the required 86,405 valid signatures to land on the November 2014 ballot before the September 11, 2013 deadline.
The referendum option off the table, expansion opponents decided a lawsuit was the best available alternative. The suit was filed on the grounds that because the expansion would require participating hospitals to pay a set fee to the state to help compensate for future reductions in the federal subsidy, the law contains a tax and therefore its implementation under the control of the executive branch would violate the state law enforcing separation of powers. While the imposition of such a fee is an authority given to state agencies "over 80 times in the past five years," according to a Brewer spokesperson, critics insist that the fee's resemblance to a tax is too close for constitutional comfort, per Article 3, Section 22, the distribution of powers.
The state's conservative interests, plus the 36 Republican members of the legislature who voted against Arizona's involvement in the federal government-controlled Medicaid reform, hope to have expansion shut down before it officially goes live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.
- See also: Arizona gubernatorial election, 2014
Melvin is running for election as Governor of Arizona. He is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014.
- See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012
Melvin won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 11. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arizona State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Al Melvin Incumbent||56.4%||48,367|
- See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010
|Arizona State Senate, District 26 General Election (2010)|
|Albert Melvin (R)||43,918|
|Cheryl Cage (D)||37,477|
In 2008 Melvin was elected to the Arizona State Senate, District 26. He finished with 48,191 votes while his opponent Cheryl Cage finished with 46,225. Melvin raised $100,133 for his campaign fund.
|Arizona State Senate, District 26|
|Al Melvin (R)||48,191|
|Cheryl Cage (D)||46,225|
Comprehensive donor information for Melvin is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Melvin raised a total of $300,913 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.
|Al Melvin's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arizona State Senate, District 11||$44,416|
|2010||Arizona State Senate, District 26||$63,342|
|2008||Arizona State Senate, District 26||$100,133|
|2006||Arizona State Senate, District 26||$93,022|
|Grand Total Raised||$300,913|
2012Melvin won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Melvin raised a total of $44,416.
|Arizona State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Al Melvin's campaign in 2012|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$1,300|
|Salt River Valley Water Users Association||$1,000|
|Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association||$700|
|Total Raised in 2012||$44,416|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Melvin won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Melvin raised a total of $63,342.
|Arizona State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Al Melvin's campaign in 2010|
|Melvin, Albert Anthony||$1,858|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$1,664|
|Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry||$1,664|
|Home Builders Association of Central Arizona||$610|
|Salt River Project||$600|
|Total Raised in 2010||$63,342|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2008Melvin won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Melvin raised a total of $100,133.
|Arizona State Senate 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Al Melvin's campaign in 2008|
|Schmitt, Paul & Diane||$260|
|Ewy, Gordon & Priscilla||$260|
|Deppisch, Lud & Rosemarie||$260|
|Miller, Ed & Sandy||$260|
|Total Raised in 2008||$100,133|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2006Melvin lost the election for the Arizona State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Melvin raised a total of $93,022.
|Arizona State Senate 2006 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Al Melvin's campaign in 2006|
|Melvin, Albert A||$574|
|Total Raised in 2006||$93,022|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Melvin has a wife, Kou Marie.
Melvin has served as a member of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club as well as the Pima County Republic Club. He was also a member of the National Republican Committee from 1996 to 2000. He became Republican Precinct Committeeman in 2005 until 2006.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term ""Al + Melvin" + Arizona + Senate" "Al+Melvin"+Arizona+Senate&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss Al Melvin News Feed
- State Senator Al Melvin signs ?No New Taxes? pledge - Explorer News
- Al Melvin, Tucson State Senator Running for Governor, Misquotes Lincoln ... - Phoenix New Times (blog)
- Mesa mayor running for governor - cvbugle
- How Government Leaders Can Stay Out of Social Media Hell - Governing
- Schools, jobs focus of GOP forum in Kingman - Kingman Daily Miner
- GOP candidates kick off campaign - Mohave Valley News
- Mesa Mayor Smith running for Arizona governor - AZFamily
- Bartle enters LD 11 Senate race instead - InMaricopa.com
- Steller: Candidates for AZ governor have low TQ - Arizona Daily Star
- LIST: Race heats up for Arizona Governor - ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)
- Al Melvin's campaign website
- Senate website
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography of Senator Al Melvin
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008 2006
- Al Melvin on Twitter
- The East Valley-Tribune, "Melvin says he intends to join race for Ariz. governor," April 22, 2013
- Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
- Arizona Republic, "Goldwater Institute sues over Arizona Medicaid law," September 12, 2013
- Office of the Arizona Governor, "State of the State Addresss," January 14, 2013
- AZ Family.com, "Group files referendum to block Medicaid expansion," June 19, 2013
- Arizona Legislature, "Arizona Constitution - Article 3, Section 22," accessed September 15, 2013
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
- C-SPAN/Associated Press, "August 28, 2012 Primary Results - Arizona," accessed August 28, 2012
- AZ Official Canvas of Results
- Arizona Secretary of State, "General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
- Arizona State Senate official election results
- followthemoney.org, "Melvin, Al," accessed May 22, 2013
Adam Driggs (R)
|Arizona State Senate District 11
| Succeeded by|
|Arizona State Senate District 26
| Succeeded by|
Ed Ableser (D)