Al Melvin (politician)
|Al Melvin speaking at an event in Phoenix, Arizona.|
|Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 11th district
January 14, 2013
|Preceded by||Linda M. Lopez|
|Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 26th district
January 12, 2008 – January 14, 2013
|Preceded by||Charlene Pesquiera|
|Succeeded by||Edward Z. Ableser|
|Born||Albert Anthony Melvin
November 3, 1944
Helena, Montana, U.S.
|Alma mater||United States Merchant Marine Academy
American Graduate School
Naval War College
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1969–1999|
|Unit||U.S. Naval Reserve|
Melvin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and earned his MBA from the American Graduate School in 1972. In 1994, he received his diploma from the U.S. Naval War College. He then served as a captain in the United States Navy, from 1997 to 1999 and a ship's officer for the American Maritime Officers (1999-2002). In 2002, he became a teacher for the University of Arizona and a consultant for the American Quality International Consulting. He served as a member of the Saddlebrook Republican Club, Pima County Republic Club, and the National Republican Committee.
Melvin ran for the Arizona Senate in 2006 in the 26th Legislative District, beating incumbent Republican Senator Toni Hellon in the primary but was defeated by Democratic candidate Charlene Pesquiera in the general election. He ran for the same seat again in 2008. Pesquiera did not seek re-election and Melvin beat Democratic candidate Cheryl Cage. He was re-elected in 2010. After Arizona redistricted its legislative districts in 2012, he decided to run for the new 11th Legislative District. His Democratic opponent was Jo Holt. Melvin has declared that he is running for Governor of Arizona in 2014.
In February, 2014, Melvin was interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN, regarding Melvin's support for Arizona SB 1062, which had been characterized as allowing religious people to discriminate against others (particularly members of the LGBT community), if their beliefs were offended by those other people. The following is an excerpt from their conversation:
- Cooper: “You can’t cite one example where religious freedom is under attack in Arizona.”
- Melvin: “Not now, no, but how ’bout tomorrow?”
- Cooper: “I don’t understand what that means.”
In the same interview, he also stated that he was unaware of anyone in Arizona who practiced discrimination.
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- Fischer, Howard (23 April 2013). "Sen. Al Melvin announces run for governor". Verde News. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "Challenged By Anderson Cooper To Provide One Example To Justify Anti-Gay Bill, Arizona Senator Comes Up Empty". ThinkProgress. 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
- Eric Shorey (2014-02-25). "Anderson Cooper Destroys Anti-Gay Arizona Senator's Arguments: WATCHNewNowNext". Newnownext.com. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
- "Arizona Senate panel votes to dump Common Core". Azstarnet.com. 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
- Al Melvin's member page at Arizona Senate