HANCOCK, Melton D. (Mel), (1929 - 2011)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress

HANCOCK, Melton D. (Mel), a Representative from Missouri; born in Cape Fair, Stone County, Mo., September 14, 1929; attended schools in Carthage, Mo., Topeka, Kans., and Springfield, Mo.; B.S., Southwest Missouri State University, 1951; served in the United States Air Force, 1951-1953; second lieutenant, United States Air Force Reserve, 1953-1965; engaged in the insurance business, 1959-1969; owner of a security equipment leasing company; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senator in 1982; unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 1984; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred First and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1989-January 3, 1997); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fifth Congress; died on November 6, 2011, in Springfield, Mo.