Henry J. Mello

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Henry J. Mello
Member of the California Senate
from the 15th district
In office
December 7, 1992 - November 30, 1996
Preceded byRose Ann Vuich
Succeeded byBruce McPherson
Member of the California Senate
from the 17th district
In office
December 1, 1980 - November 30, 1992
Preceded byBob Nimmo
Succeeded byDon Rogers
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 28th district
In office
December 6, 1976 - November 30, 1980
Preceded byFrank Murphy, Jr.
Succeeded bySam Farr
Personal details
BornMarch 27, 1924 (1924-03-27)
Watsonville, California, US
DiedSeptember 4, 2004 (2004-09-05) (aged 80)
Watsonville, California, US
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseHelen Mello
OccupationPolitician, businessman in farming
Known forMello-Roos

Henry John Mello (March 27, 1924 – September 4, 2004) was an American politician from California. Mello was a member of the California Senate known for the Community Facilities District Act, otherwise known as the Mello-Roos Act.[1]

Early life[edit]

On March 27, 1924, Mello was born in Watsonville, California. Mello's father was a Portuguese immigrant. Mello attended Watsonville High School.[2]


Mello attended Hartnell College in Salinas, California.[3]


In 1940, Mello and his father started a farming business. In 1948, Mello founded Mello Packing Company.[2]

In 1966, Mello was elected to the Board of Supervisor for Santa Cruz County, California.[2][3]

In 1976, Mello won the election and became a member of the California State Assembly for District 28. In 1980, Mello won the election and became a member of California State Senate for District 17.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Mello's wife was Helen Annette (Burns) Mello (d.2014). They had four sons, John Henry Mello (b.1953-d.2021). Stephen F. Mello, Michael Burns Mello (b.1960-d.2023) and Timothy S. Mello.[3]

On September 4, 2004, Mello died in Watsonville, California. He was 80 years old.[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lucas, Greg. "Henry Mello -- former state senator / Democrat was known as classic retail politician". SFGate. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Henry J. Mello Political Papers - Biography". cdlib.org. November 2003. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Clark, Samantha (July 24, 2015). "Sen. Henry J. Mello Highway unveiled". santacruzsentinel.com. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  4. ^ "Henry J. Mello Foundation". fconline.foundationcenter.org. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  5. ^ "Henry J. Mello Center". cityofwatsonville.org. Retrieved March 11, 2020.

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