Melissa Melendez

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Melissa Melendez
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California State Assembly District 67
Incumbent
In office
December 3, 2012-present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years
Education
Bachelor'sHistory & Political Studies
Master'sBusiness Administration (2008)
OtherDefense Language Institute
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of serviceTen years
Personal
Place of birthYoungstown, OH
ProfessionSmall business owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Melissa A. Melendez is a Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing District 67. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Melendez attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. She earned her B.A. in History and Political Studies and her M.B.A. in June 2008. She served in the United States Navy for ten years.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Melendez served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Budget
Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
Local Government
Public Safety, Vice-chair
Veterans Affairs

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Melendez's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "I fully support the 3 strikes law, and I oppose any form of early release. As a mother of 5, I would be far more comfortable if our sentencing would end the revolving door at our prisons and jails."

No New Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Californians are over-taxed and under-serviced by their government. In the Assembly, my core focus is to lower taxes, cut regulations, and reduce government spending. Period."

Stop Runaway Government Spending

  • Excerpt: "Government must stop spending more than it takes in. I am a strong proponent of a balanced budget amendment for the U.S. government and a tough spending cap for California’s government."

California’s Economy

  • Excerpt: "I will continue to fight for a state-wide business tax holiday, similar to what we enacted two years in a row in Lake Elsinore, to give businesses a break on their permitting and licensing fees."

Immigration

  • Excerpt: " The fact is, solving this problem starts by controlling our borders, first and foremost. I support fortifying the border with Mexico to protect Americans from drug and gang violence. A secure nation is every citizen’s right."

Elections

2014

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Melissa Melendez (R) and write-in candidate Conrad Melton (D) were unopposed in the blanket primary.[3] Melendez will face Melton in the general election.[4][5]

2012

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Melendez won election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 67. She advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Kenneth C. Dickson (R), Bob Magee (R), and William Akana (R). Melendez defeated Phil Paule (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

California State Assembly, District 67, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMelissa Melendez 52.3% 67,232
     Republican Phil Paule 47.7% 61,230
Total Votes 128,462
California State Assembly, District 67 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican William Akana 9.9% 4,291
     Republican Kenneth C. Dickson 19% 8,216
     Republican Bob Magee 20.1% 8,672
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMelissa Melendez 23.3% 10,084
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Paule 27.7% 11,951
Total Votes 43,214

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Melendez is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Melendez raised a total of $305,903 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[8]

Melissa Melendez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 67 Won $305,903
Grand Total Raised $305,903

2012

Melendez won election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Melendez raised a total of $305,903.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Melissa Melendez's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$15,600
California Department of Forestry Firefighters$10,100
Mebo Property Development, LLC$7,800
Civic Partners, Inc.$5,700
Melendez, Nicolas$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$305,903
Source:Follow the Money

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Melendez's endorsements include the following:[9]

  • California Republican Assembly
  • Family Action PAC
  • Murrieta Temecula Republican Assembly
  • Temecula Valley Republican Women Federated
  • California Small Business Association
  • Riverside Sheriffs' Association
  • California Police Chiefs Association
  • California Association of Highway Patrolman
  • California Statewide Law Enforcement Association
  • CDF Firefighters
  • The Press-Enterprise
  • State Senator Joel Anderson
  • Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries
  • State Senator David G. Kelley
  • Assemblyman Jeff Gorell
  • Assemblyman Russ Bogh
  • Assemblywoman Shannon Grove
  • Assemblyman Brian Nestande
  • California Undersecretary of Veteran Affairs Rocky Chavez
  • Stuart K. Spencer, Senior Political Advisor to Ronald Reagan

2012

In 2012, Melendez's endorsements included the following:[10]

Scorecards

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2013

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2012

In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[11]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills protect water or promote safe and affordable water.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

Personal

Melendez has a husband, Nico, and five children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Silva (R)
California State Assembly District 67
2012–present
Succeeded by
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