Mel is a working mother who cares about making things better for all working families. It’s personal for her.
After experiencing the struggle of being a new parent without covered maternity leave, she worked with her employer to get a parental leave benefit implemented for the company. After successfully advocating for herself, she now wants to help represent the needs of regular people in the statehouse.
Her personal experience with autoimmune disorders has solidified her belief that everyone deserves quality, affordable healthcare. Mel is committed to working to expand KanCare which will give the 150k+ Kansans in the coverage gap access to quality healthcare, strengthen our rural hospitals, and lower healthcare costs for all Kansans.
She believes in our highly rated Johnson County schools and that public education is the foundation to a great society and economy. She will work to ensure that our public schools and special education are fully funded.
Mel is inspired and supported by her loving husband James, and her two young children, Oliver and Maya. Oliver has already helped draft her first bill stating: “Mommy, I think you should make a law that says if something is important to people it shouldn’t be so expensive.”