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Putting experience
to work

"I know what it's like to live on the economic margins. It feels awful. And, I've worked with many marginalized communities around the country who've experienced the same. The socio-economic realities of House District 82 deserve attention. 

Once elected I want to close the economic margins by authoring and supporting legislation improving the lives of my neighbors. 


It's an unfortunate reality, that a state legislator earns $27,204 annually, yet 3 zip codes (46802, 46803, & 46806) in District 82 are home to those living below the federal poverty line - earning a median household income of less than $25,000. Rest assured, I won't ever take that for granted. 

Constituents deserve the very most from an elected leader. By electing me as your next state representative, you'll have a voice at the statehouse who understands the realities of the 1 out of 3 in our community struggling to make ends meet, and you'll have someone who stands for all."    


~Melissa Rinehart


  For a brighter future


Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 households earn an annual income below the cost of living in Allen County, 

  • 1 in 3 households in Allen County, including the working poor and those living in poverty, struggle to make ends meet, ​

  • Poverty rates are 20% or higher in several zip codes in HD 82; and in the 46803 zip code it's 50%,

  • 1 in 3 adults in the 46802, 46803 and 46806 zip codes are uninsured,

  • 1/2 of all households in the 46803, 46805, and 46808 zip codes are renters, and in every zip code in HD 82 20% or more of constituents with mortgages pay over 1/3 of their income on housing; and

  • 51,850 neighbors in Allen County experience food insecurity on a daily basis including 18,000 children.

a new House District 82

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YOU can help make the change this district needs and deserves.

On Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Vote Melissa Rinehart
for House District 82