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Joseline Pena-Melnyk

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Joseline Pena-Melnyk
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Maryland, District 4
General electionNovember 8, 2016
Current office
Maryland House of Delegates District 21
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 8
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
College Park City Council
Bachelor'sBuffalo State College, 1987
J.D.School of Law at The State University of New York at Buffalo, 1991
Place of birthDominican Republic
Office website
Joseline Pena-Melnyk is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 21. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006. She served on the College Park City Council from 2003-2006.

Pena-Melnyk is a 2016 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Maryland.[1]

Pena-Melnyk's professional experience includes working as ssistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, and an Attorney with the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, served on the following committees:

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pena-Melnyk served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pena-Melnyk served on these committees:



See also: Maryland's 4th Congressional District election, 2016

Pena-Melnyk is running in the 2016 election for the U.S. House to represent Maryland's 4th District. The general election will take place November 8, 2016.


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Incumbents Ben Barnes, Barbara A. Frush and Joseline Pena-Melnyk were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Katherine Butcher was unopposed in the Republican primary. Barnes, Frush and Pena-Melnyk defeated Butcher for three seats in the general election.[2][3]

Maryland House of Delegates District 21, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Frush Incumbent 28.9% 18,157
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Barnes Incumbent 27.4% 17,235
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseline Pena-Melnyk Incumbent 26.8% 16,880
     Republican Katherine Butcher 16.9% 10,610
Total Votes 62,882


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Pena-Melnyk successfully won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010. She won the third of three available seats.[4]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 21 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Barnes (D) 18,954
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Frush (D) 18,689
Green check mark transparent.png Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D) 18,457
Scott Dibiasio (R) 6,131
Jason Papanikolas (R) 6,013
Kat Nelson (R) 5,822
K. Bryan Walker (L) 1,151


On November 7, 2006, Joseline Pena-Melnyk ran for District 21 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the third of three seats, losing to Ben Barnes and Barbara Frush but beating Niel Sood.[5]

Joseline Pena-Melnyk raised $83,185 for her campaign.[6]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 21
Candidates Votes Percent
Ben Barnes (D) 18,453 29.6%
Barbara Frush (D) 18,279 29.3%
Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D) 18,001 28.9%
Neil Sood (R) 7,349 11.8%
Write-Ins 206 0.3%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Pena-Melnyk was up for re-election, she collected $40,530 in donations.[7]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Maryland House of Delegates 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joseline Pena-Melnyk's campaign in 2010
Service Employees Dc & Maryland State Council 54$3,000
Mcgeo Food & Commercial Workers Local 1994$2,500
Maryland House Democratic Cmte 2010$2,000
Mickey Ibarra & Assoc Inc$1,000
Friends Of Peter Hammen$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $40,530


In 2006, Joseline Pena-Melnyk collected $83,185 in donations.[8]

Her four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Joseline Pena-Melnyk $18,713
Deborah O'neal-Johnson $4,000
Markian Melnyk $4,000
Perez & Associates LLC $2,500


Pena-Melnyk is Vice-Chair of the Law Enforcement and State-Appointed Boards Committee for Prince George's County Delegation, and a member of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, and Task Force on Healthcare Access and Reimbursement.[9]

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