|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 67th district
|Assumed office |
December 3, 2012
|Preceded by||Kevin Jeffries (redistricted)|
Melissa Ann Schneider
February 17, 1968
|Children||5 (Angelo, Paolo, Sofia, Rocco, Carlo)|
|Residence||Lake Elsinore, California|
|Alma mater||Chaminade University (BA) University of Phoenix (MBA)|
Melissa Ann Melendez (née Schneider; born February 17, 1968) is an American politician serving in the California State Assembly. She is a Republican representing the 67th district, encompassing parts of western Riverside County. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, she represented the city of Lake Elsinore as a City Council member.
Melendez is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. Upon graduating from high school, she entered the United States Navy. She attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, where she became a fluent Russian language speaker.
Melissa became one of the first women approved by the U.S. Navy to fly aboard EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft overseas, conducting reconnaissance and intelligence gathering operations in partnership with our allies. She served as a Russian translator for ten years during the height of the Cold War, and flew covert missions during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
After the Navy, Melendez took an academic advisory position at Chaminade University for two years before deciding to begin her own business. She then formed her own transcription company, contracting with the Chief of Naval Operations, and providing services to the Secretary of the Navy as well as other top-level Pentagon officials. Melendez attended the Murrieta Campus for the University of Phoenix to earn her MBA in June 2008. In 2008, Melendez was elected to the Lake Elsinore City Council. She served as Mayor Pro Tem as well as Mayor during her four years in local government.
Melendez has five children with her husband Nico Melendez: Angelo, Paolo, Sofia, Rocco, and Carlo. Nico is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served 10 years on active duty. He continues to serve as a Commander in an active naval reserve unit.
2016 California State Assembly
|Republican||Melissa Melendez (incumbent)||51,987||63.5|
|Republican||Melissa Melendez (incumbent)||107,654||63.8|
2014 California State Assembly
|Republican||Melissa Melendez (incumbent)||32,268||99.8|
|Democratic||Conrad Melton (write-in)||58||0.2|
|Republican||Melissa Melendez (incumbent)||54,018||68.9|
2012 California State Assembly
|Republican||Kenneth C. Dickson||8,216||19.0|
|Republican||William T. Akana||4,291||9.9|