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Henry Mello

Democratic

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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1976 Democratic AD-28 61322 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic AD-28 57144 Win
11-04-1980 Democratic SD-17 117769 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic SD-17 148827 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic SD-17 170514 Win
11-03-1992 Democratic SD-15 162771 Win
Website: www.mellocenter.com
 

Candidate Biography:

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)

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