springfield, Mo. -- It was once written about Mel Hancock's arrival in Washington, D.C., that he didn't like the acoustics in the House chambers. He said it made it difficult to hear what was being said but, then again, 90 percent of what's being said isn't worth hearing.
"I think he was afraid of Washington," close friend Larry Dixon said. "He wanted to not become a Washington man, he wanted to remain a Missourian, so he'd come home every weekend."
"He was a citizen legislator," said George Connor, a political science professor at Missouri State University. "He didn't become a lifelong politician. He was a good representative, meaning he represented the people."
From 1989 to 1997, Hancock served in the U.S. Congress. His legacy, however, is his grass-roots campaigning for the Missouri Constitution's Hancock Amendment, which capped state and local governments' revenue based on Missourians' personal incomes.