Meet Melissa

Melissa’s story begins in her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, where she proudly enlisted in the United States Navy right after high school. She served her country with honor and distinction as a Russian translator for ten years during the Cold War, as well as during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

She received numerous awards for strategic operations in partnership with our allies.

After multiple tours in the Navy, Melissa entered civilian life and started her own successful transcription company. She served as a city councilwoman and mayor where she successfully passed regulatory and tax relief for small-businesses.

Since being elected to the State Assembly in 2012, Melissa has fought for lower taxes and authored legislation to make it easier to build affordable homes. She has pushed efforts to stop high-speed rail funding and reprioritize it to fix our crumbling roads. She authored one of the most sweeping workplace harassment reform laws in the last decade and led the efforts to restore the rights of independent contractors. She has helped pass campaign finance laws so voters know where campaign money is coming from and has authored bills to stop legislators from becoming lobbyists and cashing in on their time in elected office.

Her passion to serve her constituents and the people she represents is illustrated by her accessibility. She has hosted over 100 community Town Halls, written over 4,800 hand written constituent responses and has recognized over 96,000 constituents with certificates of recognition.

Melissa holds a BA in History and Political Studies as well as her Masters degree in business administration. She has five children with her husband, Nico. Nico is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, together Melissa and Nico have served their country for 40 years. He proudly continues to serve today as a commander in an active naval reserve unit.