Henry John Mello
Born: March 27, 1924 in Watsonville, CA
Married: Helen Burns
Children: Stephen, John, Michael, and Tim
Died: September 4, 2004 in Watsonville, CA
Previous: Member, California Agricultural Advisory Board
1966-1974: Member, Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
1992-1996: Majority Leader, California State Senate
- LEGISLATION: Author of ACR 129 (1980), which created the California Senior Legislature (CSL).
- LEGISLATION: Mello authored 726 bills, of which 456 were signed into law.
- PLACENAME: The Mello Center at Watsonville High School was named to honor Senator Mello.
- PLACENAME: ACR 67 (2014) designated Highway 1 between the Pajaro River and Struve Road as the Senator Henry J. Mello Highway.
- In 1985, Mello was the target of an attempted recall led by Michael Bogatirev. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
- In 1986, Mello was the target of an attempted recall led by Michael Bogatirev, Timothy Grady, and Harry Snell. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
- In 1987, Mello was the target of an attempted recall by Michael Bogatirev. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
- Legislator Numbering: Mello was the 1000th person to serve in the California State Senate. (Legislators sorted by Election Date & Last Name)
Source: California Assembly Handbook (1979)