Melissa Ann Melendez
Born: February 17, 1969 in Youngstown, Ohio
Married: Nico Melendez
Children: Angelo, Paolo, Sofia, Rocco, and Carlo
Military Service: USN (Persian Gulf War)
2008-2012: Member, Lake Elsinore City Council
- QUOTABLE: "Lawmakers, don't change your bill to get it through committee then tell people you're going to remove [the] changes afterwards. It's not a sound strategy." [Melendez on Twitter, April 11, 2016] (This quote was translated from Twitter abbreviated to standard English)
- LEGISLATION: Author of AB 403 (Chapt. 2, Stats of 2018), the Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act, which makes it a crime for a legislator or legislative employee who interferes with or retaliates against a legislative employee’s exercise of the right to make a protected disclosure (a good faith allegation that a legislator or legislative employee has violated a law or a legislative code of conduct) to a Rules Committee, law enforcement or other specified entity.
- Biography Note: "Melissa then became one of the first women approved by the U.S. Navy to fly aboard EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft overseas, conducting intelligence-gathering operations in partnership with our allies."
- Nico Melendez is the Pacific Region Public Affairs Manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Source: Biography on campaign website [melendezforassembly.com] (accessed 6/8/2012)
Source: California Assembly Handbook (2015)