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Darrio Melton
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Alabama House of Representatives District 67
In office
November 3, 2010-Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alabama Birmingham, 2001
OtherMDiv, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 2004
ProfessionAssociate Pastor
Office website
Darrio Melton is a Democratic member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing the 67th District. He was elected on November 2, 2010.

When Mr. Melton launched his campaign on December 31, 2009, he made the announcement at the George Washington Carver Homes, the same neighborhood where he grew up.[1]


A Selma native, Darrio grew up in a single parent household and attended Selma Public Schools, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Emory University.

He has since returned to Selma where he serves as associate pastor at Tabernacle of Praise Church and adjunct instructor at Wallace Community College of Selma. Melton also serves as Director of Tabernacle of Praise's School of Minsitry.

He married his high school girlfriend, Christy, and they have one son, Darrio, II.

During his divinity studies at Emory's Candler School of Theology, Melton served as intern Chaplain at Metro State Prison. At commencement, he received the Ruth Sewell Flowers Award, a faculty-awarded prize for the student who has , "shown the greatest improvement in ministerial qualifications during the three years spent in the School of Theology."

Since 2004, he has served as Constituent Service Representative for Congressman Artur Davis (AL-07), focusing on the state's "Black Belt" region.


  • St. Thomas University, '10, Ph.D in Religious Studies
  • Candler School of Theology at Emory University, '04, Masters of Divinity
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham, '01, BS in Psychology cum laude
  • Selma High School



  • Selma-Dallas County Leadership Class XVI
  • Voices for Alabama Children, Board member


  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Darrio Melton for House 67' 'March 7, 2010 QueenState Parade'

Committee assignments


Melton served on these committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:

  • Subcommittee on Agency and Commission Issues
  • Subcommittee on Energy and Green Technology


Asked to comment on his major foci during the primary, Melton answered, "The bigger issue is economic development, jobs, unemployment rate one of the highest in the state, a huge issue but again that ties hand in hand with education." [2]

Community Development

For Mr. Melton, returning to Selma was a personal choice, rooted in working to develop services in rural areas. His key campaign platforms include expanding healthcare access in rural areas as well as growing small business opportunities and tourism.

He also cites bringing broadband technology to underdeveloped areas.


Melton hopes to focus on expanding initiatve programs to keep students in high school and push them to go to college. Also, he cites plans to integrate various educational programs and create a "seamless" education system.



See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Melton defeated incumbent Democrat Yusuf Salaam in the June 1 primary.[3] Salaam, who was seeking his fifth term, received 5,073 votes while Melton received 5,533. He then ran unopposed in the November 2 general election.[4]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 67 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Darrio Melton (D) 5,533
Yusuf Salaam (D) 5,073

Speaking about his primary win, Melton commented:

People are hungering for something new, something different,” Melton said. “I’m not here to represent myself, I’m here to represent the people, and I think people spoke tonight with a loud volume.”

Campaign donors


In 2010, Melton raised $70,733 in contributions. [5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Melton, Darrio $15,000
Melton, Darrio $10,000
Alabama Education Association $10,000
Shoe Palace $4,670

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Preceded by
Yusuf Salaam
Alabama House District 67
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