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Get to Know Melissa!


  • Self-employed for over 10 years, running a mortgage company with $40 million in annual loan revenue and managing 40 employees
  • Worked as a Deputy Clerk and trained in 8 of the 11 departments at the St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Court
  • Worked as Land Records Department Head, before being elected Clerk of Court
  • Louisiana Clerks of Court Association Certified Clerk of Court
  • Secretary of the Louisiana Clerks Remote Access Authority (LCRAA)
  • Notary Public

Community Involvement:

  • 24-year resident of St. Tammany Parish - Slidell & Covington
  • Leadership Louisiana Graduate - Class of 2018
  • Leadership St. Tammany Graduate - Class of 2017
  • 2018 St. Tammany Parish Fair Parade Grand Marshal
  • Northshore Home Builders Association
  • Northshore Legal Secretary Association
  • Professional Women of St. Tammany
  • Louisiana Professional Women’s Association
  • Republican Professional Women of St. Tammany
  • Slidell Republican Women’s Club
  • Mandeville Republican Women
  • Bayou Lacombe Republican Women
  • Northshore Republican Men's Club


  • Married to Mike Strate for 25 years
  • Proud parents to one son (Michael), 2 step-daughters (Stephanie & Crystal), 2 granddaughters (Alexis & Willow), and 3 dogs (Tonka, Shadow, & Jake)
  • Enjoys painting, watching sunsets, and living the Lake Life (especially feeding the fish!)


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