Carly Melin

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Carly Melin
Carly Melin.jpg
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 6A district
5B (2011–2013)
In office
February 22, 2011 – January 2, 2017
Preceded byTony Sertich
Succeeded byJulie Sandstede
Personal details
Born (1985-08-13) August 13, 1985 (age 33)
Hibbing, Minnesota
Political partyMinnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Alma materBemidji State University (B.S.)
Hamline University (J.D.)

Carly Melin (born August 13, 1985) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represented District 6A, which included portions of the Iron Range in Itasca and St. Louis counties in northeastern Minnesota. In February 2018, Melin became executive director of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, a labor group representing 70,000 union members.[1] On January 31, 2019, Attorney General Keith Ellison appointed Melin as government affairs director for his office.[2]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Melin attended Hibbing High School in Hibbing, Minnesota. She received a B.S. in political science magna cum laude from Bemidji State University and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. After graduating, she returned to the Iron Range to practice law, accepting a position with the Minnesota State Judiciary.[3][4]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Melin won a special election held on February 15, 2011, to fill the vacancy that arose after Governor Mark Dayton appointed Representative Tony Sertich commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.[5][6] She was reelected in 2012 and 2014,[3] but did not seek reelection in 2016, citing a desire to spend more time raising her two sons.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Melin married her high school sweetheart Zeb Norenberg[8] on June 8, 2013. They have two sons.[9] Melin and Norenberg divorced in 2017. In July 2018, Melin and former state representative Joe Radinovich announced their engagement.[10]


  1. ^ "Former Rep. Carly Melin lands union post". Duluth News Tribune. February 26, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  2. ^ Pugmire, Tim (January 31, 2019). "AG Ellison's latest hires include litigator, ex-lawmaker". Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Melin, Carly". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  4. ^ "About". Carly Melin for Representative. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  5. ^ Brown, Aaron (February 16, 2011). "Carly Melin wins House 5B special election". MinnesotaBrown. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  6. ^ "Governor Dayton Announces Representative Tony Sertich to Head Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board" (Press release). State of Minnesota. January 11, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  7. ^ Myers, John (January 14, 2016). "Carly Melin won't seek re-election to Legislature". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  8. ^ "Senate, governor last two gay marriage steps". Grand Forks Herald. May 9, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  9. ^ "20 Under 40: Carly Melin". Duluth News Tribune. September 14, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  10. ^ "Melin and Radinovich announce engagement". Hibbing Daily Tribune. July 29, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2019.

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