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Sally Doty
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Mississippi State Senate, District 39
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMississippi University for Women
J.D.Mississippi College School of Law
Campaign website
Sally Doty is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 39. She was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


Doty graduated from the Mississippi University for Women and earned her J.D. from the Mississippi College School of Law. Her professional experience includes working as an attorney, small business owner, and law school faculty member. Doty has practiced law in Brookhaven and Jackson.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Doty served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Judiciary, Division A, Chair
Public Property, Vice Chair
Business and Financial Institutions
Drug Policy
Economic Development
Judiciary, Division B


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Sally Doty endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



Elections for the office of Mississippi State Senate 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 State Senate elections, 2011

Doty won the 2011 election for Mississippi Senate District 39. She defeated David Nichols, II in the primary on August 2, 2011, and defeated Bill Boerner in a primary runoff election on August 23, 2011. W.L. Rayburn defeated Michael Smith in the Democratic primary. Doty defeated Rayburn in the general election on November 8, 2011.[3][4][5][6]

Mississippi State Senate, District 39 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSally Doty 57.9% 12,182
     Democratic W.L. Rayburn 42.1% 8,869
Total Votes 21,051
Mississippi State Senate, District 39 Republican Primary Runoff, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSally Doty 54.7% 2,315
Bill Boerner 45.3% 1,917
Total Votes 4,232
Mississippi State Senate, District 39 Republican Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Boerner 41.1% 2,476
Green check mark transparent.pngSally Doty 41.3% 2,487
David Nichols, II 17.6% 1,059
Total Votes 6,022

Campaign donors


In 2011, Doty received $96,718 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sally Doty's campaign in 2011
Nonitemized Contributions$18,021
Mississippi Republican Party$11,648
Improve Mississippi$5,604
Mississippi Hospital Association$5,000
Total Raised in 2011 $96,718
Total Votes received in 2011 12,182
Cost of each vote received $7.94


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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]


Doty and her husband, Don, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Mississippi State Senate District 39
Succeeded by