He is currently a teacher, writer, and speaker. Al was born in Helena, Montana. His father was a career US Army officer and his family lived throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. During this time, Al became an Eagle Scout, Class of 1961.
In 1999, after 30 years of reserve military service, Al retired as a Captain, USNR. He had a parallel 35-year career, including 12 years ashore in the Far East, in international trade and transportation, working for two major American steamship companies. He worked in Korea for two years, Japan for eight years and Pakistan for two years. For 11 years, while based in San Francisco, he worked for a major Japanese shipping company. Al’s merchant marine and USNR careers included nine years at sea. He holds an unlimited tonnage Masters license issued by the USCG.
In 2008, Al was elected to the State Senate where he earned a reputation as a rock-solid conservative. He won awards from pro-family and pro-taxpayer groups, had 100% pro-life and pro-2nd Amendment voting records, and voted for efforts to secure the border and fight illegal immigration. Al also served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Energy, where he spent much of his time advocating for long-term solutions to Arizona’s growing water and power needs. Al understands that ensuring our water and power supply is the key to guaranteeing Arizona’s economic growth in the future. In January, 2015, Al Melvin completed six years in the Arizona State Senate, representing LD 11 on the north side of Tucson.
Regarding Al’s career in the US Naval Reserve, one of his last assignments was Squadron Commander of the 14 ship COMPSRON TWO based at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. He also served as Commanding Officer of three USNR units. Most of his naval reserve career was with the US Transportation Command and the Military Sealift Command, serving in units on the US West Coast, the Far East, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf.
He graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY (1969) with a BS Degree in Marine Transportation. In 1972, he earned his MBA from Thunderbird- American Graduate School of International Management, Glendale, AZ. Thunderbird is now part of ASU. In 1994, he graduated from the College of Naval Command and Staff at the US Naval War College, Newport, RI.
Prior to entering the Senate, he taught for five years as an adjunct at the University of Phoenix (Management); Western International University (Economics & International Management) and the University of Arizona (Logistics & Distribution). He owns American Quality International Consulting, LLC. He is a Life Member of the NRA, a member of the VFW, American Legion, Elks, Knights of Columbus (4th Degree), and Toastmasters International. He earned Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow award. He currently teaches international business at Park University and logistics at Pima Community College.
Al and his wife, Kou, live in the community of Saddlebrooke in southern Pinal County, north of Tucson. They belong to Santa Catalina Catholic Church.