Candidate Profile
Melanie Sojourner

Republican , Mississippi


Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon

Selected Contributions


Chris McDaniel (2018)







Other Information


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Life of the mother.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

Socialism provides a robust foundation for a stable economy.

Strongly Disagree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

To allow the free market place to thrive and prosper. This is best achieve by reducing the interference of government, by rolling back regulations, reducing taxes and cutting wasteful spending. Research also shows that providing public assistance as a lifestyle and not simply as a means to get one back on their feet also discourages many from choosing to seek unemployment.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Similar to the unemployment question. The best role the government can play is to get out of the way of businesses and job creators. Roll back regulations, cut spending, and lower taxes. Taking these steps allow the market place to become more competitive, provides for a greater exchange of good and ideas to help the economy better prosper. History has repeatedly shown that the more government engages the more economies are stifled.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or business owners because of their deeply held religious beliefs.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not penalize those who define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Again this can be achieved by limiting governments involvement in healthcare. When we allow the free market place to work and create competition within the environment prices will naturally be driven down and access becomes more open for greater individuals to participate. One examples is allowing individuals to seek coverage from providers across state lines.

National Security

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.



Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree


Biblical values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Strongly Disagree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

Free speech is under attack on public university and college campuses.

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Greed, avarice and a lust for power that can be more easily acquired by centralizing authority. It was the drive between putting so much emphasis on the power of the states over a centralized federal authority.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I was raised a Southern Baptist and have a deep personal relationship with Our Lord and Savior. My salvation is through His son Jesus Chris who died and was resurrected to give us eternal life with Our Father. I am a true Constitutional Conservative who is guided by my Christian beliefs.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

As a former State Senator I was a author on the Student Religious Liberties Act that was signed into law and protects students rights to prayer even in public school. I was a co-author on numerous bills protecting life, the Second Amendment, protecting individual liberties, limiting the scope and power of government, reducing taxes and cutting wasteful spending. For my efforts I was awarded the following... "Award for Conservative Excellence" by the American Conservative Union "Business Champion, Best for Job Creation" by BIPEC "Best for Small Business" by NFIB "A+ Rating" by the National Rifle Association "Top 45 Republican Women in the Nation" by the Republican National Security Council "Legislator of the Year" by the MS Tourism Association

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I served as a State Senator from 2012 - 2015. During that time I served as the Senate Forestry Chairman and was a co-founder to the Senate Conservative Coalition. I actively participated in numerous working groups with other legislators, think tanks and other industry and elected leaders to seek better alternatives to many of the problems facing Mississippi. Numerous bills coming out of these discussions were signed into law. As a Senator I worked extensively with local elected leader to help solve local problems from infrastructure to school safety as well we aggressively worked to further develop the oil and gas industry in Southwest Mississippi. We also worked to expand tourism opportunities in Mississippi. Prior to being elected I played an active role in developing policies that benefited agriculture and rural Mississippi.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 601-334-6729

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

It was an honor to previously serve my home district and Mississippi. As the first Republican elected in Senate District 37 I am proud of the record of accomplishments made by working with so many local leaders and individuals in our district. Yet, I know there is so much more that we can be done. We must make improving the economy and allowing for greater job creation in Southwest Mississippi a priority. It would be an honor to serve again and work on making Mississippi a better place to live and work for our future generations.

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.


Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree

2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree


  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, B.S., 1992
  • Copiah Lincoln Junior College, Wesson, MS, A.A., 1989
Work & Military
  • Mississippi Cattlemen's Assn., Area Vice President, 2005 - 2007
  • National Cattlemen's Assn., Director of Member Services, 2000 - 2005
  • Farm Bureau Federation, State Board of Dir. Delegate, 2007 - 2018
  • MS Senate Conservative Coalition, Founding Member & Past Secretary
  • National Rifle Association, Member
  • First Baptist Church Natchez, Former Youth Leader & Choir Member
  • Adams County GOP, Executive Committee Member
  • Natchez Regional Healthcare Fou., Founding Board Member
  • Adams Christian School PTL, Past President
  • MS State University 4-H, Livestock & Shooting Sports Leader
  • Senator District 37, Held 2012-2015

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