Antone Melton-Meaux

For Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District

Hello! My name is Antone Melton-Meaux. My wife, Dr. Genevieve Melton-Meaux, and I live in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis with our two incredible children, Ava and Xavier, both of whom attend public schools in Minneapolis. We love the amazing quality of life we have here in Minnesota. We love going on bike rides, running around the lakes, cheering each other on in school and sports activities and, of course, our favorite annual family tradition—trying every new food at the State Fair every year!

We’re a diverse district here in the Fifth—one that is rich with so many different people, experiences and ideas. I believe we’re at our best when we incorporate all of our voices into collective action. The people of the Fifth deserve a representative who is focused on harnessing the strength that comes from our diversity and empowering our communities. We deserve a representative who is focused on the Fifth, and I will be that representative.

Learn more about me.

I look forward to getting to know you, learning from you, and partnering with you for the future we all deserve. See you in the District!

Antone Melton-Meaux Bio

Early Years

Born and raised in the Midwest, I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, The values of justice, inclusion and diversity have been with me throughout my life, inspired by my family history. I am the descendent of the emancipated slaves of John Meaux. My grandfather, Ambrose Meaux, was the last to work the land given to those who were freed. I’m also the son of two remarkable people — Clement and Geraldine Meaux. My father integrated his high school in Mercer County, Kentucky, in the 1950s—a courageous choice, especially in that part of the country. He was a decorated Army veteran, and a successful engineer and entrepreneur. My mother was the epitome of community, welcoming young people to our home every Sunday after church. During the week, she helped people find affordable housing through her job at the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority. Faith, family, community service, and personal excellence were the hallmarks of my upbringing. Living out those principles early in life, I earned an International Baccalaureate high school diploma, lettered in three varsity sports, and began my preaching ministry at 18 years old.

College & Early Career Years

I went to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where I was an All-American Athlete and All-American Academic. I led the Campus Y tutorial program, was elected to Student Senate and was chosen as captain of the Track & Field team. Most importantly, I met Genevieve, my wife and partner in every sense of the word. It was love at first sight—at least for me anyway! We’ve been together ever since, for 27 years.

After graduating with high honors, I attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where I was on the Managing Board for the Journal of Social Policy and the Law, and I was chosen for the prestigious Congressional Black Caucus Fellowship. During my time on Capitol Hill, I had the privilege of working for Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Donna Brazile, former chair of the DNC.

After law school, I started my legal career in Washington D.C. In addition to my day job, I also provided free legal services to federal inmates seeking constitutional protections as well as for people who had been denied fair housing, which I did in partnership with the National Fair Housing Alliance.

Minnesota Work & Life

In 2008, Genevieve accepted a position at the University of Minnesota as a practicing surgeon and informatics professional. In addition to her work as faculty, she currently leads Analytics and Care Innovation work for M Health Fairview. I became a partner at a national law firm before leading the global employment practice at St. Jude Medical. Two years ago I felt compelled to follow my passion of bringing people together to solve difficult problems, which led me to open my own mediation practice. As a mediator, my role is to partner with people in conflict, listen to their respective needs, and work with everyone involved to reach a resolution.

In addition to my mediation practice, I provide legal counsel for youth in the foster care system through the Children’s Law Center. As a minister, I attend with my family, and occasionally give sermons at Salem English Lutheran Church, a wonderful faith community in the Whittier neighborhood. As a civic leader, I’ve served on several non-profit boards, including the Page Education Foundation, College Possible, Northrop at University of Minnesota, the Guthrie Theatre, and the Conflict Resolution Center.

My family’s history and life experiences have shaped my belief in the importance of servant leadership. I am committed to that principle, and the hard work that comes along with the demands of public office. Every corner of our district deserves a representative that will show up, listen, and do the work. With your support, I will be that representative.

I look forward to getting to know you, learning from you, and partnering with you for the future we all deserve.