State Representative Lauren Melo
Lauren Melo is a conservative Republican who fights to protect our second amendment rights, honor our veterans, cut bureaucratic red tape, and grow the economy. Born and raised in Southwest Florida, she is the proud mom of three and has been active in our community for years.
Lauren is a businesswoman who has flourished in a variety of fields. In 1991, she started her own trucking company which she grew from a single truck into a large fleet, at one point managing more than one hundred trucks. She still has her commercial driver’s license and to this day owns the original truck she used to start the company.
Today, Lauren owns a real estate brokerage firm she steered to success even facing a personal health challenge, a year and a half battle with breast cancer, while never taking a break from her management role. During this difficult time, she also faced sending her son overseas to Afghanistan on his first combat deployment in the Army. Lauren’s brokerage firm remains successful, her health is strong, and her son has returned safely home to the area now as a combat veteran.
In her new role serving as State Representative of Florida House District 80, consisting of Hendry County and parts of Collier, Lauren Melo’s primary focus has been jobs, jobs, and more jobs. In Session 2021, she passed a historic and comprehensive workforce bill (HB 1505) that reforms Florida’s workforce systems, a domestic violence bill (HB 1231) that restores government accountability and revitalizes domestic violence centers, and other significant pieces of legislation that will impact our state for years to come.