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Al Melvin
Al Melvin speaking at an event in Phoenix, Arizona.
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 11th district

In office
January 14, 2013 – January 2015
Preceded by Linda M. Lopez
Succeeded by Steve Smith
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the 26th district

In office
January 12, 2008 – January 14, 2013
Preceded by Charlene Pesquiera
Succeeded by Edward Z. Ableser
Personal details
Born Albert Anthony Melvin
November 3, 1944(1944-11-03) (age 78)
Helena, Montana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kou Marie
Alma mater United States Merchant Marine Academy
American Graduate School
Naval War College
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1969–1999
Rank Captain
Unit U.S. Naval Reserve

Albert Anthony Melvin (born November 3, 1944) is a Republican politician who served in the Arizona Senate.[1]

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[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[2] His Democratic opponent was Jo Holt.[3]

In April 2013, Melvin declared that he would seek the Republican nomination for governor of Arizona in 2014.[4] He dropped out of the race in June 2014.[5]

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.[6][7]

In the same interview, he also stated that he was unaware of anyone in Arizona who practiced discrimination.

In the same month, he objected to the Common Core State Standards Initiative containing algebra, which he described as "'fuzzy math,' substituting letters for numbers in some examples."[8]

In 2016, Melvin ran for a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission, but lost the Republican primary, coming in last place.


  1. "Al Melvin's Biography – Project Vote Smart". Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  2. "Al Melvin". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  3. "Meet Our Candidates: Jo Holt for State Senator, LD 11 | Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona". 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  4. Fischer, Howard (23 April 2013). "Sen. Al Melvin announces run for governor". Verde News. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  5. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez (June 23, 2014). "Sen. Al Melvin withdraws from governor's race". The Arizona Republic. 
  6. "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. 
  7. Ran Aubrey Frazier (February 25, 2014). "WATCH: Anderson Cooper Tears Apart Arizona State Senator on AC360". The Advocate. 
  8. "Arizona Senate panel votes to dump Common Core". 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 

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