|Colorado House of Representatives District 41|
|January 9, 2013-Present|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Per diem||$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Thomas Jefferson High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Colorado at Boulder|
He gained an interest in politics at an early age, serving as his Junior Class Vice-President and Senior Class President at Thomas Jefferson High School. Following high school, Melton attended the University of Colorado at Boulder earning a B.A. in Political Science.
Melton pursued his interest in politics after college by working as a Government Escalations Analyst with Comcast Communication and volunteering for then State Representative Candidate Beth McCann.
Melton then worked on the Governor's Commission for Community Service for Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien. During the 2010 campaign cycle, he ran successful campaigns for Angela Williams and Rhonda Fields.
Melton worked as a political consultant until his own successful run for State Representative in 2012.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Melton served on the following committees:
|Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Legislative Council|
|• State, Veterans, and Military Affairs|
Melton's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Excerpt: "Our state is struggling because our state constitution requires we maintain a balanced budget and simultaneously we cannot raise taxes directly through the legislature due to TABOR. I support eliminating the harmful effects of TABOR that restrict the legislature’s ability to raise taxes."
- Capital Punishment
- Excerpt: "I oppose capital punishment and I would advocate for the elimination of the death penalty in Colorado. While I understand and empathize with many families of victims that view the death penalty as a part of the search for justice, studies show that the death penalty is often used in sentencing disproportionately against minorities and fails to be a deterrent for future crimes."
- Excerpt: "Our government has NO right to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her own body. I support the Roe vs. Wade court decision and will vigorously fight to defend a woman’s right to choose."
- Economy & Jobs
- Excerpt: "I know the challenges the working class in our state face. I was raised in a single parent, working class home. I watched my mother work two jobs to provide for us, while striving to keep me on a path to success. Many in our district are facing this scenario and it has been made worse by our slow economic recovery."
- Excerpt: "As a product of public schools and a proud graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, I know first-hand the challenges our students face when preparing for success after high school. The Denver Post recently reported that of all students graduating from a Colorado public high school and attending college; over 35% of those students have to take remedial courses."
Melton won election in the 2012 election for Colorado House of Representatives District 41. He defeated Terry Todd in the June 26 Democratic primary and defeated Art Carlson (R) and JM Fay (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012. 
|Colorado House of Representatives, District 41, General Election, 2012|
|Independent||JM "Maria J" Fay||5.7%||1,855|
|Colorado House of Representatives, District 41 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Melton is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Melton raised a total of $41,488 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.
|Jovan Melton's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Colorado State House, District 41||$41,488|
|Grand Total Raised||$41,488|
2012Melton won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Melton raised a total of $41,488.
|Colorado House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jovan Melton's campaign in 2012|
|Melton, Jovan E||$2,764|
|Bateman, Andrew Curtis||$400|
|Johnson, Jerald B||$400|
|Total Raised in 2012||$41,488|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2012, Melton's endorsements included the following:
- AFL-CIO Colorado
- AFT Colorado
- Aurora Sentinel
- Aurora Fire Fighters
- Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry
- Colorado Academy of Family Physicians – Political Committee
- Colorado Bioscience Association
- Colorado Chiropractic Association
- Colorado Conservation Voters
- Colorado Education Association
- Colorado Fraternal Order of Police
- Colorado Medical Society
- Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
- Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
- Colorado WINS
- Mountain West Credit Union Association
- NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado
- One Colorado
- Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado
- Pipefitters Local 208
- United Association of Plumbers Local Union 3
- United States Representative, Colorado Congressional District 2 - Jared Polis
- United States Representative, Colorado Congressional District 7 - Ed Perlmutter
- State senator, District 26 - Linda Newell
- State senator, District 29 - Morgan Carroll
- State senator, District 35 - Joyce Foster
- State representative, House District 1 - Jeanne Labuda
- State representative, House District 2 - Mark Ferrandino
- State representative, House District 3 - Daniel Kagan
- State representative, House District 4 - Dan Pabon
- State representative, House District 5 - Crisanta Duran
- State representative, House District 6 - Lois Court
- State representative, House District 7 - Angela Williams
- State representative, House District 8 - Beth McCann
- State representative, House District 9 - Joe Miklosi
- State representative, House District 10 - Dickey Hullinghorst
- State representative, House District 23 - Max Tyler
- State representative, House District 32 - Edward Casso
- State representative, House District 36 - Su Ryden
- State representative, House District 41 - Nancy Todd
- State representative, House District 42 - Rhonda Fields
- Arapahoe County Commissioner, District 4 - Nancy Jackson
- Arapahoe County Commissioner, District 5 - Bill Holen
- Aurora City Council Member, At-Large - Debi Hunter-Holen
- Aurora City Council Member, Ward IV - Molly Markert
- Centennial City Council Member, District 1 - Vorry C. Moon
- Denver City Council Member, At-Large - Robin Kniech
- Denver City Council Member, District 3 - Paul D. Lopez
- Denver City Council Member, District 8 - Albus Brooks
- Denver City Council Member, District 11 - Chris Herndon
- Aurora Public School Board Director - Jeanette Carmany
- Aurora Public School Board Director - Mary Lewis
- Denver Public School Board President, At-Large - Mary Seawell
- Denver Public School Board Vice-President, At-Large - Happy Haynes
- Denver Public School Board, District 3 - Jeannie Kaplan
- Denver Public School Board, District 4 - Nate Easley, Jr.
- Denver Public School Board, District 5 - Arturo Jimenez
- RTD Board Director, District B - Barbara Deadwyler
- RTD Board Director, District F - Tom Tobiassen
- University of Colorado Board Regent, District 2 - Joe Neguse
Melton and his wife, Lynne, have a daughter.
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- Colorado General Assembly profile
- Campaign website
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Facebook page
- Campaign Contributions: 2012
- LinkedIn profile
- Jovan Melton: "About Jovan," accessed December 30, 2013
- Information submitted through Ballotpedia's biographical submission form on December 29, 2013
- Jovan Melton for State Representative House District 41 Facebook Page "Info" Accessed October 19, 2012
- Campaign website, Issues, retrieved July 23, 2012
- Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
- Colorado Secretary of State, Official Primary Election Results
- followthemoney.org, "Melton , Jovan," Accessed May 30, 2013
- Jovan Melton "Endorsements" Accessed October 19, 2012
Nancy Todd (D)
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