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 in local communities. Senator Melton has been recognized as a national leader in the area of youth mentoring and a rising star in the Indiana General Assembly and the Democratic Party.
Eddie Melton was elected as State Senator for Indiana’s 3rd District on November 8, 2016. Melton also mounted a historic Gubernatorial campaign in 2020. In the Indiana General Assembly, Senator Melton has led the charge to return his hometown of Gary, Indiana back to economic vibrance.
Senator Melton was recently elected by Indiana Senate Democrats as the Assistant Minority Leader, making him the youngest leader in the Indiana General Assembly. Melton currently serves as Ranking Minority Member on the Appropriations and State Budget Committee.
Melton was elected by lawmakers from around the country to serve on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislators. Melton also served as Deputy Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party.
Melton has served as chairman of the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, has served on the Indiana State Board of Education, 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, Legislator of the Year by the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities and the 2020 Excellence in Mentoring Awards from The National Mentoring Partnership.
In 2015, he worked with President Barack Obama’s Administration in implementing the “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative designed to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color. 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.
Eddie has spent his life working to give a voice to the voiceless.