April 22nd, 2013

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State Senator Al Melvin Forms Exploratory

Committee for 2014 Governor’s Race


PHOENIX – Republican State Senator Al Melvin announced today that he was

forming an Exploratory Committee to explore a campaign for Governor of



The third-term Senator made it clear that his motivation for exploring came from

both his frustration with the lack of progress being made and a genuine optimism

for Arizona’s future.


“We have been blessed with some hard-working reform-minded

legislatures during my time here, but we have failed to make the kind of

progress that the people of Arizona deserve because too many elected

officials are content to think small and act small.”


“Arizona is capable of real greatness if we elect leaders who are willing to

be bold, even if it comes with political risk or at a political cost. We need to

offer real reform, real proposals to create growth on a massive scale, an

impassioned defense of our state’s rights in the face of an everencroaching

federal government, and education reform that finally and

firmly shifts the power away from bureaucracies and into the hands of

parents where it belongs. That is the plan that I will offer and I look forward

to traveling around Arizona and determining what kind of support there is

for a candidate who offers that bold vision.”


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, a distinguished service medal, for his service as

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 St. Christopher Catholic Church in Marana.


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