Sherra Lane

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Sherra Lane
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 86
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 10
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedOctober 2005
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi, 1976
Master'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi, 1981
J.D.University of Mississippi, 1990
Date of birthOctober 27, 1944
Office website
Sherra Hillman Lane (b. October 27, 1944) is a Democratic member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 86. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election in October 2005.


Lane earned her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Southern Mississippi, and J.D. from the University of Mississippi. Her professional experience includes working as an attorney, farmer, social worker, and teacher.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Medicaid, Vice Chair
Enrolled Bills
Judiciary B
Judiciary En Banc
Ways and Means


During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Lane served on the following committees:


During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Lane served on the following committees:



See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi House of Representatives 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.[2]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Lane won re-election to District 86 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. She defeated Mack Carney in the August 2 primary and defeated Republican Mark Purvis in the November 8 general election.[3][4]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 86 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSherra Lane Incumbent 54.6% 4,967
     Republican Mark Purvis 45.4% 4,128
Total Votes 9,095
Mississippi House of Representatives District 86 Democratic Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSherra Lane Incumbent 74% 4,798
Mack Carney 26% 1,690
Total Votes 6,488


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Lane was re-elected in District 86, defeating Republican challenger Albert Busby in the general election.[5]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 86 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Sherra Lane (D) 4,612 61.37%
Albert Busby (R) 2,903 38.63%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Lane received $27,520 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sherra Lane's campaign in 2011
Mississippi Association For Justice$7,745
Mississippi Hospital Association$5,000
House Democratic Victory Pac$2,000
House Democratic Leadership Of Mississippi$1,000
Mississippi Optometric Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $27,520
Total Votes received in 2011 4,967
Cost of each vote received $5.54


In 2007, Lane collected $36,490 in donations.[7]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Mississippi House Democratic Leadership $17,106
Lawyers Involved for Mississippi Betterment $4,000
Mississippi Hospital Association $1,000
Brown IV, Oliver $750
Percy W. Watson Re-election Campaign Fund $500


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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[8]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[9]

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