|Mississippi Senate District 37|
|2012 - Present|
|January 3, 2016|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|Next election||November 3, 2015|
|High school||Adams County Christian School|
|Bachelor's||Louisiana State University|
|Associate's||Copiah-Lincoln Community College|
|Birthday||January 5, 1968|
|Place of birth||Centreville, Mississippi|
Growing up on Oakwood Plantation, the state's oldest family farm still in operation, Sojourner was active in the agriculture industry from a young age. She began her career as a production assistant for a Walk Disney production company that was filming the Adventures of Huck Finn in her hometown, and shortly thereafter took a position in the membership department of the Mississippi Cattlemen's Association. She later worked for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. She currently runs a small commercial cow/calf operation.
Sojourner received an AS from Copiah-Lincoln Community College and a BS in animal science from Louisiana State University.
- 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. 
|Mississippi State Senate, District 37 General Election, 2011|
|Democrat||Robert Dearing Incumbent||48.9%||9,814|
|Mississippi State Senate, District 37 Republican Primary, 2011|
In 2011, Sojourner received $90,547 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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|
|Big River Farms||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$90,547|
|Total Votes received in 2011||10,272|
|Cost of each vote received||$8.81|
On her campaign website, Sojourner explains the issues that inform her decision to run:
- "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."
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Sojourner has two children.
- Official campaign website
- Campaign page on Facebook
- Sojourner on Twitter
- Sojourner for Senate's YouTube channel
- ↑ MelanieSojourner.com, "Full biography," Accessed July 29, 2011
- ↑ Mississippi Department of State, 2011 Official State Senate Candidate List
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 MelanieSojourner.com, "Why," accessed August 22, 2011
- ↑ Newt Gingrich 2012, "Newt 2012 Announces “Mississippi Leaders With Newt”," March 12, 2012
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