|Mississippi State Senate, District 37|
|2012 - present|
|January 3, 2016|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|High school||Adams County Christian School|
|Associate's||Copiah-Lincoln Community College|
|Bachelor's||Louisiana State University|
|Birthday||January 5, 1968|
|Place of birth||Centreville, Mississippi|
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.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Sojourner served on the following committees:
|Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Forestry, Chair|
|• Congressional Redistricting|
|• County Affairs|
|• Environment Prot, Cons and Water Res|
|• Legislative Reapportionment|
|• Public Health and Welfare|
Campaign ad from October 2011.
On her website, Sojourner highlighted the following campaign themes:
- "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."
- 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|
|Democratic||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|
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- Profile from Open States
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- Sojourner for Senate's YouTube channel
- MelanieSojourner.com, "Full biography," accessed July 29, 2011
- MelanieSojourner.com, "Why," accessed August 22, 2011
- Newt Gingrich 2012, "Newt 2012 Announces “Mississippi Leaders With Newt”," March 12, 2012
- Mississippi Department of State, 2011 Official State Senate Candidate List
- Follow the Money, "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
- StateScape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 29, 2014
- Business and Industry Political Education Committee, "Legislator 'Business & Jobs' Report Card - 2014 Legislative Session," accessed August 30, 2014
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