|46th President of the United States|
| In Office: |
2021 - 2029
Vice President: Kent
|Preceded by||Whitney Mason|
|Succeeded by||Tim Kent|
|Senator from the Southwest|
| In Office: |
2008 - 2021
|Preceded by||Ken Salazar|
|Succeeded by||Marcus Cavalier|
|Born ||September 1, 1968 (age 52) |
Akeem Mellis was born on September 1, 1968 in Aurora, Colorado. He went through the Aurora public school system and advanced to the University of Colorado, where he graduated with honors. He then attended Dartmouth Law School, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class. He then decided to become active in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan-area community, and found his niche in politics.
In 1996, using his unique political skills, Mellis won an election to the Colorado State House, representing his home district. In 2000, with the retirement of Congressman Tom Tancredo, Mellis ran, and won, the vacated seat in Colorado's 6th Congressional District.
In 2008, Mellis announced that he would run for the empty United States Senate seat in the Southwest. He easily won the GOP nomination, and faced off against the Democratic candidate, Dana Ingram. In a very hard fought campaign, Mellis won the Senate seat by 23,000 votes. In the six plus years since taking office, he has served with distinction in the Senate, and some of his actions have raised many eyebrows among both parties. He served on the Senate DAC Committee from 2009-2011, has served on the the Senate FRID Committee (2009-Present), and was the #2 Ranked Republican in the Senate as the Senate Majority Whip (2009-2011; mid-2011-2015.)
In 2014, Senator Mellis announced that he would run for re-election as the junior Senator from the Southwest. He was widely predicted to win, and was re-elected after his opponent, Colorado Congressman Bob Russell, was disqualified. In early January of 2015, the Senate Republican Caucus elected him Senate Minority Leader, succeeding previous Senate GOP Leader Terry Hughes.
For the next three sessions, Mellis would lead the Senate Republicans to pass key legislation to establish a Mutual Energy Defense Treaty, pass further tax relief, and start the fight to reduce gas prices. It was these efforts and more that led to the GOP gaining a seat in the Senate despite the bad year the GOP had in 2016. But Mellis didn't stop there. He continued the push for Energy Independence, leading the way in the Senate for that measure, along with fighting the Senate Democratic Majority's measures that he discovered was wrong for the country.
Those results would lead to the GOP takeover of the Senate in 2018, elevating Mellis to Majority Leader. There, he made an unprecedented push to make the 2019-2020 session the most productive Senate in years. Under his leadership, with President Pro Tempore Hilliam Warren and Senate Majority Whip Keiko Kagura, the Senate passed nearly four dozen bills, including a comprehensive energy agreement negotiated by the Republican leadership in Congress and President Mason.
Main Article: United States presidential election, 2020
With such a record not seen among lawmakers in a long while, it was a surprise to few that Mellis announced his intentions to run for President at the end of 2018. He was immediately among the frontrunners for the duration of the GOP Presidential Primary process, and was first in the polls until the week before the Iowa Caucus. He came in second in that primary, losing by .3% to Speaker of the House Dale Thomas. He went on to win the New Hampshire Primary by ten points, and finished third in the South Carolina primary before the remaining primary challengers dropped out, leaving Mellis as the 2020 Republican Party Nominee for President.