Sharon Erickson Ropes

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Sharon Erickson Ropes
Minnesota State Senate District 31
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic Farmer-Labor
Profession Registered Nurse
Sharon Erickson Ropes (b. January 23, 1954) was a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate. She was first elected to this position in November of 2006, with her term expiring in 2010. Before becoming a Senator, Ropes was President of the Winona School Board. She was defeated in the November 2, 2010 general election.

Ropes graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and French from the College of Saint Teresa in 1976. Also, Ropes served as a Officer in the United States Navy Nurse Corps from 1977 to 1982. Ropes is a Registered Nurse when the Senate is not in session.

Committee assignments

Prior to leaving the senate, Ropes was a member of these committees:



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Ropes lost re-election to the 31st District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Jeremy Miller ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[2]


On November 7, 2006, Ropes won election to the 31st District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating opponents Brenda Johnson (R) and Kevin Kelleher (I).[3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 31 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sharon Erickson Ropes (DFL) 14,270 46.74%
Brenda Johnson (R) 10,802 35.38%
Kevin Kelleher (I) 5,428 17.78%
Write-In 30 0.10%

Campaign donors

In 2006, Ropes collected $66,727 in donations.[4]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $10,721
Fillmore County DFL $3,500
Sharon Ropes $3,137
Peggy Hansen $750
Emily's List $600

District 31

Ropes represented Minnesota Senate District 31. District 31 includes Fillmore, Houston, and Winona Counties near the Minnesota-Iowa-Wisconsin borders[5].


David is married to Marlys Senjem. They have two children and reside in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 31
Succeeded by
Jeremy Miller (R)