|Running for Governor of Arizona|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|Arizona State Senate District 11|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||4|
|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 election||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|
Melvin announced on April 22, 2013 that he will seek the office of Governor of Arizona in the 2014 elections. Current incumbent Gov. Jan Brewer (R) cannot run for re-election in 2014 due to term limits.
Melvin earned his BS from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1969. He then went on to earn his MBA in International Management from American Graduate School in 1972. He received his Diploma from United States Naval War College in 1994.
After his schooling, Melvin served as a Captain in the United States Navy from 1997 to 1999. He then became a Ship's Officer in the American Maritime Officers from 1999 to 2002. In 2002 Melvin became a teacher for the University of Arizona. He worked there until 2006. He also worked as a consultant for American Quality International Consulting from 2002 to 2006.
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. He ran for Senate in 2006 but was defeated. Melvin ran again in 2008 and was elected to the Arizona State Senate, where he currently serves.
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 also: Arizona gubernatorial election, 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 August 28, 2012, Republican primary. 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|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Melvin raised $63,342 in contributions. 
His three largest contributors were:
|Melvin, Albert Anthony||$1,858|
|Arizona Chamber Of Commerce & Industry||$1,664|
|Arizona Association Of Realtors||$1,664|
In 2008 Melvin raised $100,133 in campaign donations. Of that total $96,903 was public fund donations.
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.
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- State Sen. Al Melvin to run for Arizona governor - Arizona Daily Star - Arizona Daily Star
- Sen. Melvin on Medicaid Expansion: "We're Not Going To Roll Over and Play ... - Tucson Weekly
- Buckmaster Show 4/29/2013: Sen. Al Melvin talks about his run for AZ Governor - Tucson Citizen
- Military veteran lawmakers put duty before partisanship - AZCentral.com - Arizona Republic
- Ariz. Senate debating Medicaid expansion - Albany Times Union
- Do This! Your Opportunity to Celebrate the Armed Forces Alongside Cap'n Al ... - Tucson Weekly
- Arizona Senate passes budget with Medicaid - Sahuarita Sun
- Melvin thinks bold ideas will carry him in governor's race - Explorer News
- Arizona lawmaker urging public hearings in National Guard misconduct cases - azcentral
- Capitol Quotes: April 26, 2013 - Arizona Capitol Times
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See Al Melvin's official website for a list of sponsored legislation.
Melvin has a wife, Kou Marie.
- Al Melvin's campaign website
- Senate website
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography of Senator Al Melvin
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008 2006
- Al Melvin on Twitter
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The East Valley-Tribune, "Melvin says he intends to join race for Ariz. governor," April 22, 2013
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State - Primary candidate list
- ↑ C-SPAN/Associated Press, "August 28, 2012 Primary Results - Arizona," accessed August 28, 2012
- ↑ AZ Official Canvas of Results
- ↑ General election results
- ↑ Arizona State Senate official election results
- ↑ 2010 contributions
- ↑ Campaign donations
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Goldwater Institute "2012 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's 50th Legislature, First Regular Session," August 15, 2012
Adam Driggs (R)
|Arizona State Senate District 11
| Succeeded by|
|Arizona State Senate District 26
| Succeeded by|
Ed Ableser (D)