Assemblymember Melissa Melendez

  1. In this video, California’s ten newest Republican Assembly Members introduce themselves and share their dreams for the Golden State as they serve their first term together.

    The Members come from a variety of backgrounds reflecting the state’s rich diversity. Watch and learn more about:

    Travis Allen – a financial planner and small business owner from Orange County;
    Frank Bigelow – a rancher and former county supervisor from the Central Valley and Sierra foothills;
    Rocky Chávez – a retired Marine Corps colonel and former Gov. Schwarzenegger cabinet secretary from San Diego County;
    Brian Dahle – a third generation farmer and county supervisor from rural Northern California;
    Eric Linder – a small business owner from Riverside County;
    Brian Maienschein – a law professor and former San Diego City Councilmember;
    Melissa Melendez – a U.S. Navy veteran and former Riverside County Mayor;
    Jim Patterson – a radio broadcaster and former Mayor of Fresno;
    Marie Waldron – a small business owner and former city councilmember in San Diego County; and
    Scott Wilk – a former community college trustee and senior advisor to elected officials.

    These ten Members represent a fresh wave of leadership in California politics as they help lead the way forward for the communities they represent. They are ten Californians united by a sense of purpose and a commitment to public service.

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Assemblymember Melissa Melendez

CA Assembly GOP PRO

Melissa Melendez is a native of Youngstown, Ohio.
Melissa entered the United States Navy upon graduating high school. She attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, where she became a fluent Russian language speaker.
Melissa then…


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Melissa Melendez is a native of Youngstown, Ohio.
Melissa entered the United States Navy upon graduating high school. She attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, where she became a fluent Russian language speaker.
Melissa then became one of the first women approved by the U.S. Navy to fly aboard EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft overseas, conducting reconnaissance and intelligence gathering operations in partnership with our allies. She served her country with honor and distinction as a Russian translator for ten years during the height of the Cold War, and flew covert missions during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While serving in the Navy, she received numerous awards for her strategic acumen, operational insight, professionalism and impeccable leadership skills.
While serving in the Navy full-time, Melissa also attended college full-time in the evenings, and received her BA in History and Political Studies from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. After the Navy, Melissa took an academic advisory position at Chaminade University for two years before deciding to begin her own business. She then formed her own successful transcription company, contracting with the Chief of Naval Operations, and providing services to the Secretary of the Navy as well as other top-level Pentagon officials. Melissa attended the Murrieta Campus for the University of Phoenix to earn her MBA in June of 2008.
In 2008 Melissa Melendez was elected to the Lake Elsinore City Council. She served as Mayor Pro Tem as well as Mayor during her four years in local government.
Melissa has distinguished herself throughout the district by tackling some of the most important issues of the day, like fighting for increased government transparency, reducing taxes, and easing the burden on the business community. Melissa is also known to be a tireless advocate for veterans and military families.
Melissa has five children with her husband of 15 years, Nico Melendez, who works for the Department of Homeland Security. Nico is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served 10 years on active duty around the world as a journalist and public affairs officer. He proudly continues to serve today in an active naval reserve unit.

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