Melanie Sojourner

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Melanie Sojourner
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Mississippi State Senate, District 37
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolAdams County Christian School
Associate'sCopiah-Lincoln Community College
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
Date of birthJanuary 5, 1968
Place of birthCentreville, Mississippi
ProfessionAgricultural administration
Office website
Campaign website
Melanie Sojourner (b. January 5, 1968) is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 37. She was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


Sojourner earned her A.S. from Copiah-Lincoln Community College, and B.S. in Animal Science from Louisiana State University. Sojourner's professional experience includes working as a production assistant for a Walt Disney production company, in the membership department of the Mississippi Cattlemen's Association, and for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. She currently runs a small commercial cow/calf operation.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Sojourner served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Forestry, Chair
Congressional Redistricting
County Affairs
Environmental Protection, Conservation and Water Resources
Legislative Reapportionment
Public Health and Welfare


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Sojourner served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Campaign ad from October 2011.

On her website, Sojourner highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • "I'm running for Senate District 37 because I believe in southwest Mississippi and what our region and people have to offer. I care deeply about our future, our children’s future. I believe in the difference we can make when we listen to each other, work together across boundaries, share ideas and thoughts to develop sound plans and initiatives that provide for a strong small business environment, promote economic development, create jobs and improve our educational systems. I believe in a limited non-intrusive government that protects our rights, doesn’t try to create them and certainly doesn’t take them away."
  • "If you would allow me the opportunity to serve as your next senator of District 37 I will take the values and work ethic I’ve acquired being raised on a sixth generation family farm and put them to work for our region, improving our educational system, protecting private property rights and working to create an environment that supports strong small businesses. I will work tirelessly to grow Mississippi’s economy by attracting new industries and creating more jobs to help secure that future generations of southwest Mississippians will always have a thriving community to call home. And in every decision I make I will never sacrifice our core traditional conservative values and beliefs."

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Melanie Sojourner endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [3]



See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on August 4, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 27, 2015.[4]


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Sojourner won the 2011 election for Mississippi Senate District 37. She defeated Stephen Oglesby in the primary on August 2, 2011. Incumbent Robert Dearing ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Sojourner defeated Dearing in the general election on November 8, 2011.[5]

Mississippi State Senate, District 37 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Sojourner 51.1% 10,272
     Democratic Robert Dearing Incumbent 48.9% 9,814
Total Votes 20,086
Mississippi State Senate, District 37 Republican Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Sojourner 65.1% 1,848
Stephen Oglesby 34.9% 990
Total Votes 2,838

Campaign donors


In 2011, Sojourner received $90,547 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Melanie Sojourner's campaign in 2011
Mississippi Republican Party$10,108
Mississippi Medical Association$6,325
Improve Mississippi$5,039
Big River Farms$5,000
Heard, Bruce$5,000
Total Raised in 2011 $90,547
Total Votes received in 2011 10,272
Cost of each vote received $8.81


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Mississippi

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Mississippi scorecards, email suggestions to

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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[7]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[8]


Sojourner has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Dearing
Mississippi State Senate District 37
Succeeded by