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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Recent Mentions in the Media

KLFY: Bond set for parent accused of knocking assistant principal unconscious

January 27, 2016
A man who answered the door told 10 On Your Side's Brandi Cummings, ?We're not talking to anyone.? 10 On Your Side has learned the Assistant Principal Sylvia Hodges-Melvin is married to Portsmouth Circuit Court Judge and former Delegate Ken Melvin.and more » McAuliffe gets Lucas to flip back and support Roush

February 9, 2016
Sen. L. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, white hair, second from left, voted with Republicans on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee for Judge Rossie Alston for the Virginia Supreme Court. Committee Chairman Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Rockingham, ...Louise Lucas changes mind again, will support Democrats and Roush for Supreme CourtVirginian-Pilotall 39 news articles »

Houghton Lake resorter: Candidate filings equal primary contests

April 27, 2016
Voters in Roscommon County take to the polls Aug. 2 to vote for candidates in township, county and state races. Candidates who met the April 19 filing deadline will appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates for the August Primary (other than precinct ...and more »

Richmond Free Press: Sen. Lucas flip-flops in Va. Supreme Court battle

February 14, 2016
?I live in Portsmouth, and people are counting on me to do what's in the best interest of our city,? Sen. Lucas said. ?And I believe having Ken Melvin serve on the Court of Appeals would be an extremely good position for us to be in. People will be proud.

MyAJC: Georgia prisons sting: Who is charged with what

February 11, 2016
Jarratt Ken Melvin, 23, of Thomaston: formerly a correctional officer at Pulaski State Prison; charged with accepting bribe payments to protect drug transactions and with attempted drug trafficking. 33. Phoenicia Minor, 30, of Bonaire: a correctional ...and more »

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.