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DOEA Advisory Council Bios

President of the Senate - Appointment

Former State Representative Jerry Melvin is a Florida native and a current resident of the Sunshine State. He was born in Holmes County and spent a portion of his childhood in South Carolina before returning to Florida and serving in a variety of public and private capacities in the years since.

He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1968 and served for 10 years. He was re-elected to the House in 1994, and during the next eight years held a number of positions, including the Chairman of the House Education Innovation Committee and Chairman of the Education Council. He also served on the Tourism Committee, the Juvenile Justice Committee, the Appropriations Committee and the Rules and Calendar Committee.

Melvin is a past president of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Board of Directors, as well as Okaloosa Elder Services Board of Directors. In addition, he is Membership Chairman of the Fort Walton Beach Camp of Gideons International.
He completed the Wayne Farrell School of Broadcasting in 1950 and briefly attended the College of Charleston.  

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