Mel Hancock

Melton D. " Mel" Hancock ( born 14 September 1929 in Cape Fair, Stone County, Missouri, † November 6, 2011 in Springfield, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1989 and 1997 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Mel Hancock attended schools in Carthage, Topeka (Kansas) and Springfield. Then he studied until 1951 at Southwest Missouri State University. From 1951 to 1953 he served as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force, the Reserve he served until 1965. From 1959 to 1969 Hancock worked in the insurance industry. He was owner of the company Federal Protection Inc., the sales of safety equipment for banks. In 1977, Hancock founded the non-profit organization "The Taxpayer Survival Association ". He also was the main initiator of a change introduced in 1980 the constitution of Missouri, which became known as the Hancock Amendment and the tax law was concerned.

Hancock joined the Republican Party. In 1982, he unsuccessfully sought the nomination of his party for the elections to the U.S. Senate; two years later failed as a candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. In the congressional elections of 1988, but he was then in the seventh election district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Gene Taylor on January 3, 1989. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until January 3rd, 1997 four legislative sessions. In 1996 he gave up another candidacy.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, Mel Hancock withdrew from politics. Most recently, he lived in Springfield. He was married since November 17, 1951 Alma McDaniel, with whom he has three grown children.