Delegate Ken Melvin (D-Portsmouth)

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80: Cities of Chesapeake (part), Norfolk (part), and Portsmouth (part) [map]
Took Office
January 1986
Left Office
January 2010
Copatroning Habits
63% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 52% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 54% of them are Democrats.
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NBC 10 Philadelphia: Stranded Driver Falls to His Death

November 5, 2013
Delaware State Police say Dekeevis Johnson, 26, accidentally fell to his death from the Roth Bridge along Route 1 in Middletown, Del. Johnson's vehicle became disabled in the southbound lanes of the span that crosses the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.and more »

The Virginian-Pilot: Legislators laud outgoing Del. Kenneth Melvin of Portsmouth

February 25, 2009
The tributes flowed on the House floor Wednesday in honor of Del. Ken Melvin, D-Portsmouth, who announced this week he would not seek re-election in November after 24 years in the state legislature. The speeches, 14 in all with several from Republicans ...and more »

The Virginian-Pilot: Portsmouth community is going from neighbors to strangers

October 18, 2008
Louise Lucas and state Del. Ken Melvin - all of whom still live in Cavalier Manor. No other neighborhood in Portsmouth has had as consistently high voter turnout or as much power. Despite a drop in voter turnout this year, the neighborhood once again ...

The Virginian-Pilot: Open House of Delegates seat draws crowded field

March 9, 2009
Del. Ken Melvin's surprise announcement last month that he won't seek re-election got phones ringing all over the city. An open House of Delegates seat isn't an opportunity that comes along every day. It hasn't for about 24 years in the 80th District ...

These are all of the video clips of Ken Melvin’s remarks on the floor of the House since 2008. There are 19 video clips in all.


  • HB1204: Retail Sales and Use Tax; custom structural metal fabrication in an economically distressed area.
  • HB1209: Criminal case; deferred disposition.
  • HB2087: Alcoholic beverages; Class 3 misdemeanor when person permits underage person to consume.
  • HB2307: Early voting; any qualified voter may vote in person from 17 to three days before election.
  • HB2308: Public hearings; notice of and locality must hold prior to increasing its real property tax.
  • HB2309: Probationer, supervised; not be kept under probation solely because of failure to make payment.
  • HB2310: Confidentiality of court records; person inspecting is authorized to have copies made of records.
  • HB2311: Courthouses; localities to assess fee as part of costs in each criminal or traffic case, etc.
  • HB2312: Writs; requirements for actual innocence.
  • HB2443: Zoning ordinances; restrictions on ABC licenses in City of Portsmouth.
  • HB1186: Incompetent defendants; dismissal of charges when charged with nonviolent misdemeanor.
  • HB1203: Mental health and substance abuse treatment providers; background checks.
  • HB1204: Retail Sales and Use Tax; custom structural metal fabrication in an economically distressed area.
  • HB1205: Diversion center incarceration program; placement of defendant with Department of Corrections.
  • HB1206: Port Authority; police officer to provide security beyond locality where property is located.
  • HB1207: Serious juvenile offenders; those convicted as an adult to gain earned sentence credits.
  • HB1208: Subaqueous lands; Marine Resources Commission to convey parcels thereof.
  • HB1209: Criminal case; deferred disposition.
  • HB1210: Vacant building registration; enhances penalties for failure to register.
  • HB1211: Port Authority; establish a trust to offset other postemployment benefits.
  • HB1212: Port Authority; encourages employees thereof to save for retirement.
  • HB1213: HIV/Hepatitis testing; parental consent for minors.
  • HJ167: Vacant residential units; Housing Commission to study problem in densely populated urban areas.
  • HB2988: Income tax, state; filing threshold amounts.
  • HB2989: Portsmouth Port & Industrial Commission; authority to provide financing by leasing, etc. facilities.
  • HB2990: Subaqueous lands; Marine Resources Commission to convey adjoining parcels thereof.
  • HB2991: Public defenders; duties.
  • HB2992: Appeal bonds; fees or costs shall not be assessed, etc. for any motion from order denying bail, etc.
  • HB2993: Attorney General; compromise and settlement of disputes.
  • HB2994: Dental hygienists; authority to administer topical oral fluorides.
  • HB3189: Assault and battery; certain punishment if against law-enforcement officer.
  • HJ657: Managed care; Department of Medical Assistance Services to continue expanding use thereof.
  • HB790: Conditional release; extends custody period following revocation thereof before treatment.
  • HB1039: Dogs; penalty when recklessly controlling or handling.
  • HB1234: District courts; parties in misdemeanor prosecution shall have right to subpoena evidence.
  • HB1235: Retail sales and use tax; revenue from certain public facilities in City of Norfolk.
  • HB1236: Fair Housing Law; removes exemption of single-family house from certain section.
  • HB1237: District and circuit courts; Chief Justice to designate active or retired judge to provide assist.
  • HB1238: Supreme Court of Virginia; allowed to convene when state of emergency.
  • HB1379: Claims; Willie Neville Davidson.
  • HB1437: Small employer associations; group health insurance coverage.
  • HB1533: Elizabeth River; Governor to sell and convey subaqueous lands in City of Norfolk.