Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 2008; re-elected 2012

Born Aug. 2, 1979, in Omaha.

Education: Graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.A. in political science), 2002.

Family: Married Catherine Leo, May 22, 2010.

Occupation: Community affairs and development specialist.

Former: Senior aide to U.S. Senator Ben Nelson; assistant coordinator, Nebraska Community Improvement Program.

Member: Board, South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance; board, One World Community Health Center; board, Bellevue Community Police Foundation; board, Q Merchants Association; board, South Omaha Business Association; board, inCOMMON Community Development; South Omaha Optimists; South Omaha Environmental Task Force; Young Elected Officials Network; National Caucus of Environmental Legislators; executive committee, Midwest Legislative Conference (MLC); energy committee, MLC; economic development committee, MLC; budget and revenue committee, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL); agriculture and energy committee, NCSL; labor and economic development committee, NCSL; St. Thomas More Parish; Knights of Columbus.

Read the Unicameral Update’s feature article on Sen. Mello.