Selma’s Melton honored as top Democratic Legislator

Published 11:59 am Saturday, May 25, 2013

Leadership of the Alabama House Democratic Caucus recently announced Selma’s state Rep. Darrio Melton (D-Selma) has been selected as one of two members from the Caucus to be named the 2013 House Democratic Caucus Legislator of the Year.

melton_forwebAfter receiving the news of his recognition, Melton said he was humbled.

“I am grateful and humbled that my fellow democrats have chosen to honor me with this award when there are so many experienced and outstanding legislatures in our Caucus,” Melton said in a Caucus press release.

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The annual award is given to two members of the House Democratic Caucus in recognition of their commitment to the values of the House and for their service to their constituents. The second award was presented to state Rep. Elaine Beech (D-Chatom).

“I am proud of Rep. Melton,” House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) said. “He has fought — and won — some important battles for the Black Belt and for the children and working families across the state. In everything Darrio does, he is a shinning example of what a Democrat in the Alabama Legislature should be.”

Melton was elected to the Alabama Legislature in 2010, and is currently serving his first term in office. Melton’s district includes Selma and portions of rural Dallas County. In addition to his service in the Legislature, Melton serves as associate pastor of Tabernacle of Praise Church and adjunct instructor at Wallace Community College-Selma.

“Above all, I am grateful to have this opportunity to serve my community in the state Legislature,” Melton said. “And I am truly thankful that my colleagues have chosen to honor me with this special recognition.”