Robert Dearing

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Robert Dearing
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Mississippi State Senate District 37
Former member
In office
1980 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1979
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDelta State University
Master'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi, 1965
Place of birthNatchez, MS
ProfessionInsurance Agent
Robert Dearing (b. January 26, 1935) is a former Democratic member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing the 37th Senatorial District.

Dearing joined the Mississippi State Senate in 1980 and served in that position until 2012.

Dearing has worked as Vice President of Sale/Marketing for Silent Knight Incorporated. He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1962. He also worked as an Elementary Teacher for Natchez-Adams County School District from 1958 to 1962, and he worked as Principal from 1962 to 1966. From 1966 to 1986 he was an Associate for International Business Machines Corporation. He has been an Agent for American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus since 1990.

Dearing earned his BSE from Delta State University in 1957. He went on to receive his ME in Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1965.

Committee assignments


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Dearing was appointed to these committees:



See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Dearing lost his bid for re-election to the Mississippi Senate District 37. He ran unopposed in the primary on August 2, 2011. Melanie Sojourner defeated Stephen Oglesby in the Republican primary. Dearing lost to Sojourner in the general election on November 8, 2011.[1]

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


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Robert Dearing ran unopposed for District 37 of the Mississippi State Senate.[2]

Robert Dearing raised $61,635 for his campaign.[3]

Mississippi Senate, District 37
Candidates Votes Percent
Robert Dearing (D) 14,722 100%

Campaign donors


In 2009 Robert Dearing collected $10,150 in donations.[4]

His four largest contributors in 2009 were:

Donor Amount
Chevron Corp. $2,000
MS Eye PAC $1,000
Denbury Resources Inc. $1,000
ExxonMobil $1,000


Dearing and his wife, Shelley, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mississippi State Senate District 37
Succeeded by
Melanie Sojourner