Al Melvin

Al  Melvin


  • NameAl Melvin
  • Party Affiliationrepublican


Office: AZ Senate Legislative District 11
Age: 67
Employer: AZ Senate
Education: Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, MBA from the Thunderbird-American Graduate School of International Management, Glendale, AZ, diploma from the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI
Political experience: AZ State Senator for past four years. Republican Precinct Committeeman past eight years.
Top priority: Help the private sector create jobs through lower taxes, less regulations and smaller government.


How would you use your position as an elected official to help businesses create jobs in Southern Arizona? Continue to lower taxes, reduce regulations and shrink government.

Should the qualifications for Medicaid or AHCCCS be broadened to make more people eligible? No. 40 cents of every federal dollar spent is borrowed from the Chinese and future American generations. We are facing a $16 Trillion national debt that exceeds our GDP. This excessive spending must stop.

If you were in a position to vote on SB1070, would you have voted for or against it? I voted for it when it first came to the AZ Senate floor and I would do it again today. Illegal aliens cost AZ taxpayers close to 2 Billion dollars a day in costs related to education, incarceration and medication. We cannot afford this cost. We also must stop the illegal drugs and crime related to illegal aliens.

In a world of finite resources, what if anything would you be willing to cut to better fund education? We are protecting K-12 public school education at $9,000 per student (Federal, state and local property taxes). We have never dropped below $9,000 in the four years that I have been in the AZ Senate. We have mortgaged the state capitol buildings to do this. We will continue to make sure funding does not go below $9,000 per student. We must look at converting Federal land in AZ to State land then to private land so we can get increased private property taxes to help pay for education. At the present time education funding takes more than half of the general fund budget of $8.6 billion.

Should local government fight to keep the Rosemont Copper Mine out or encourage the company to stay? We must do all that we can to get the Rosemont Copper mine opened so 2,200 jobs can be filled to put our people back to work. Our people need these jobs.

What is the most important issue in your race? We must do all that we can to help the private sector create private sector jobs. We must continue to balance the budget.


Race District Election Year Election Level Election Type Win
Arizona Senate District 11 Republican primary 11th legislative 2012 State Primary
Arizona Senate District 11 District 11 2012 State General