Senator Al Melvin’s Remarks at AZGOP Dinner

For those who were unable to attend, the Melvin campaign put together a 2 1/2 minute video featuring the highlights of State Senator Al Melvin’s speech to the gathered GOP faithful.  If you have wanted to see and hear more from Al, this video makes for a very solid introduction.

 

AZ Governor Candidate Al Melvin Signs “No New Taxes” Pledge

Melvin and Norquist

Sen. Al Melvin & Grover Norquist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan began a proud tradition of conservative candidates putting pen to paper and pledging to protect taxpayers by promising to oppose and veto any effort to raise taxes.

State Senator Al Melvin joined that tradition as a candidate running for Governor of Arizona when he signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge while on a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

“I have a long record of fighting for lower taxes while in the State Senate, and I have every intention of continuing that fight as Governor.” said Melvin, adding “Arizona’s economy is doing better than most other states largely because we have lowered taxes and created an environment where businesses can come and thrive. My goal is to make Arizona the most prosperous state in the country, and we will get there by freeing our taxpayers from their too high tax burden.”

“I want to congratulate State Senator Melvin for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The people of Arizona have clearly stated what type of leadership they want in Phoenix. They want leaders who offer real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and jumpstart the economy.” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

The third-term Senator has an ambitious agenda for Arizona that includes the eventual elimination of the state’s income tax. Melvin’s plan, and his conservative voting record, have helped him to attract conservative and Tea Party support from across the state.

Melvin serves as Chairman of the Commerce, Energy and Military Committee and founded the highly successful Mining Caucus and Tourism Caucus. He has had a long business career in international trade and transportation and received his MBA degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ.

Melvin is a military veteran and graduate of the US Naval War College.

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State Senator Al Melvin Handily Wins Online Tea Party Straw Poll for AZ Governor

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“We all know the difference between scientific polls and straw polls, but we are very encouraged at the success we enjoyed in the Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots poll.” – Al Melvin

The third-term Senator was the clear winner in the online poll that allowed participants to vote for any of the declared candidates for Governor.  With nearly 1,000 responses compiled, Melvin had 44% of the vote.

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“There are candidates who talk about what they will do if elected and then there is Al Melvin, who can also talk about what he has actually done since being elected.” said Joe Boogaart, himself an organizer for Melvin’s campaign.

Boogaart added, “Al Melvin offers bold reforms and real proposals to create growth on a massive scale.  He offers an impassioned defense of Arizona’s rights in the face of an ever-encroaching federal government, and he proposes education reform that finally and firmly shifts the power away from bureaucracies and into the hands of parents where it belongs.  And he gets to back up these promises with a real record of standing tall for conservatives.”

Melvin serves as Chairman of the Commerce, Energy and Military Committee and founded the highly successful Mining Caucus and Tourism Caucus. He has had a long business career in international trade and transportation, is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY and received his MBA degree from Thunderbird-School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ.  Prior to his election to the Senate, he taught college level courses as an adjunct, in economics, international business and management.

Melvin is a military veteran and graduate of the US Naval War College. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as Squadron Commander of COMPSRONTWO, then the largest ship squadron in the US Navy (14 ships) based at the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. In 1999, after 30 years in the US Naval Reserve, he retired as a Navy Captain, the equivalent of a full colonel.

He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, Military Officers of America and other military related organizations.  Sen. Melvin is a life Member of the NRA (National Rifle Association).  He is a member of the Elks, Rotary and Knights of Columbus, and he remains a proud Eagle Scout (class of ’61).

Al and his wife Kou reside in SaddleBrooke in Pinal County, just north of Tucson and attend Santa Catalina Catholic Church in Catalina.

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Arizona honors the legendary Tuskegee Airmen

ImageBill sponsored by Senator Melvin becomes Law

(Phoenix, State Capitol)—-The fourth Thursday of March each year will now be Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day in Arizona. Governor Janice K. Brewer made that official at a ceremony at the State Capitol on September 26, after signing SB 1128 into law.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Al Melvin of Tucson. It sets aside one day each year to honor the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen, an Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II.

The Arizona Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. says nine surviving Tuskegee Airmen have Arizona ties. Six of those men attended a ceremony September 26 at the Capitol to celebrate the new law. Governor Brewer signed the bill into law at the ceremony and Senator Melvin spoke about why he decided to sponsor the bill to create a Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day in Arizona.

“Edmund Burke during the Revolutionary War said, ‘The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing’”, said Senator Melvin. “Obviously these airmen stepped up and helped the United States win that war.”

 

Limiting Government Week Launches Online Petition

Limiting Government Week

State Representative Steve Montenegro, Co-Chair

State Senator Al Melvin, Co-Chair 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 26, 2013

Phoenix, AZ – Responding to the positive reactions we have received from Arizona voters to our Limiting Government Week proposal, we have launched an online petition to encourage the Arizona Legislature to agree to our proposal starting with the 2014 Legislative Session.

The online petition is available at:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/limiting_government_week_in_arizona

We encourage everyone who supports this idea to sign that petition.  Together, we can make positive changes here in Arizona!

ABOUT LIMITING GOVERNMENT WEEK – Limiting Government Week is a proposition by State Representative Steve Montenegro and State Senator Al Melvin that one week out of each legislative session be set aside exclusively for bills that reduce or eliminate arcane laws and burdensome regulations that do nothing to improve the lives of Arizonans or the economic health of its employers.

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