Eddie Melton for Indiana
Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, Eddie Melton understands the issues of everyday Hoosiers because he has lived them. From his experience working in social services, to a mentor to at risk youth, to a program director for a mental health agency, Eddie has given a voice to the voiceless.
State Senator Eddie Melton was born and raised in Gary, Indiana as the son of a railroad worker and a proud Steelworks Local 188 Union member. His father served in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart but returning permanently wounded – giving Eddie a firsthand insight into the challenges Veterans face in our society, as well as the cost of untreated physical and mental health on local communities. Senator Melton attended Kentucky State University and then the Calumet College of St. Joseph, where he began working as a youth social worker at a mental health facility. He has since been recognized as a national leader in the area of youth mentoring.
Since 2005, Senator Melton has been instrumental in establishing and training mentoring organizations around the country. In 2015, he worked with President Barack Obama’s Administration in implementing “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative designed to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color. He was elected as State Senator for Indiana’s 3rd District on November 8, 2016. In addition to serving in the Indiana General Assembly, Senator Melton serves as the manager of Corporate Citizen and Community Relations for Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO).
Prior to joining NIPSCO, Melton worked as the Community Initiative Officer for the Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation in Northwest Indiana. Melton has served as chairman of the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, has served on the State Board of Education, representing the First Congressional District of Indiana and has also served as a national board member for the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). Melton has been recognized with multiple awards and accolades, such as; the top “20 Under 40” young professionals in Northwest Indiana by The NWI Times Media Company (2010) and is a (2012) South Shore Leadership Award winner and Freshman Legislator of the Year by the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Melton was elected by lawmakers from around the country to serve on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislators. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and received a B.S. of Organizational Management from Calumet College of St. Joseph. Melton serves as the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Education and Career Development Committee and in 2017 was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party.
Eddie has spent his life working to give a voice to the voiceless.