Thursday, November 10, 2011
Flanigan: I applaud Mel Hancock on a life well led
In his latest report, Rep. Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, celebrates the life of former Congressman Mel Hancock, who died last weekend.
His name is synonymous with a constitutional amendment. No doubt many Missourians know of Congressman Mel Hancock not because they had met him, but because he created one of the most foundational budgeting concepts in Missouri’s history. Basically, if the government takes in more than it needs, it must return its excess to the people. There’s not a legislative session I can remember in which consideration of the Hancock Amendment wasn’t required. There was, however, much more to Mel Hancock than his public service.
A graduate of the present day Missouri State University, Congressman Hancock joined the military, serving as an officer in the Air Force. After his service, he worked in the insurance and banking industry before founding the Taxpayer Survival Association in 1977. He was a devoted husband and father to two sons and a daughter.
The example of Hancock, who self-imposed term limits on himself, is one that should be admired by all. He worked hard. He made a difference when he could. He didn’t let Washington change him. His legacy will be just that, and I applaud him on a job well done, a life well lead.