Al Melvin

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Al Melvin
Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Arizona
Date of primaryAugust 26, 2014
Current office
Arizona State Senate District 11
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$24,000/year
Per diem$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Bachelor'sUnited States Merchant Marine Academy, 1969
Master'sUnited States Naval War College, 1994
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy Reserves
Date of birthNovember 3, 1944
Place of birthHelena, MT
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Al Melvin (b. November 3, 1944) is a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Melvin announced on April 22, 2013 that he ran 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.[1] He sought the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election took place 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.

Committee assignments


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:


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


See Al Melvin's official website for a list of sponsored legislation.


Goldwater Institute

See also: Goldwater Institute's Legislative Report Card

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.[2]


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.[2]

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

See also: Can Arizona conservatives beat the clock to block Medicaid expansion from taking effect Jan. 1?

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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,"[3] 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.[6]

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, hoped to have expansion shut down before it officially went live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 1.



See also: Arizona gubernatorial election, 2014

Melvin ran for election as Governor of Arizona. He sought the Republican nomination for governor in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014.[1]


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.[7][8][9]

Arizona State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAl Melvin Incumbent 56.4% 48,367
     Democratic Jo Holt 43.6% 37,428
Total Votes 85,795


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Melvin won re-election to the 26th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Cheryl Cage in the November 2 general election.[10]

Arizona State Senate, District 26 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png 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.[11] Melvin raised $100,133 for his campaign fund.

Arizona State Senate, District 26
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Al Melvin (R) 48,191
Cheryl Cage (D) 46,225

Campaign donors

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.[12]

Al Melvin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State Senate, District 11 Won $44,416
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 26 Won $63,342
2008 Arizona State Senate, District 26 Won $100,133
2006 Arizona State Senate, District 26 Defeated $93,022
Grand Total Raised $300,913


Melvin won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Melvin raised a total of $44,416.


Melvin won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Melvin raised a total of $63,342.


Melvin won re-election to the Arizona State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Melvin raised a total of $100,133.


Melvin lost the election for the Arizona State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Melvin raised a total of $93,022.


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.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Adam Driggs (R)
Arizona State Senate District 11
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Arizona State Senate District 26
Succeeded by
Ed Ableser (D)