1. Sharron Ott was born July 26, 1949, in Klamath Falls, Ore. Her father, T. J., was a potato farmer and Navy veteran.
2. When Sharron was 3, the Ott family moved to Reno, Nev., where her parents opened a small motel on South Virginia Street that they would run for more than 20 years. Angle and her three brothers each earned a silver dollar per week to help clean rooms.
3. She attended the University of Nevada-Reno, graduating from the school in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in the fine arts.
4. She married Ted Angle the summer before her senior year of college, when she worked at a Bob's Big Boy and he worked at a Dairy Queen. Ted later worked for the federal Bureau of Land Management. They have two children and 10 grandchildren.
5. She spent the next 25 years teaching, including as a substitute in rural Nevada and as an art teacher at Western Nevada Community College (now Great Basin College) in Winnemucca.
6. In 1983, she cofounded and administered Word of Light Christian Academy, a one-room, K-12 school in Winnemucca. The school closed after two years.
7. She served on the Nye County school board from 1993 to 1996.
8. Elected assemblywoman for Washoe County in 1998, Angle served for eight years.
9. In 2006, Angle lost her primary bid for a Republican U.S. congressional nomination, and in 2008, she lost a primary for a state Senate seat.
10. With Tea Party support, Angle won Nevada's Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in June.