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Montana State Senate

Montana State Senate
Montana State Legislature
Type Upper house
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
New session started January 3, 2013
President of the Senate Jeff Essmann, (R)
Since January 3, 2011
President pro Tempore Debby Barrett, (R)
Since January 3, 2011
Majority Leader Art Wittich, (R)
Since January 3, 2011
Minority Leader Jon Sesso, (D)
Since January 5, 2009
Seats 50
Political groups      Republican Party (29)
     Democratic Party (21)
Length of term 4 years
Authority Article V, Section 2, Montana Constitution
Salary $82.64/day + per diem
Last election November 6, 2012
(25 seats)
Next election November 4, 2014
(25 seats)
Redistricting Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission
Meeting place
Senate Chamber
Montana State Capitol
Helena, Montana
Montana Senate

The Montana Senate is the upper house of the Montana State Legislature, the state legislative branch of the US state of Montana. The body is composed of 50 senators.

Composition of the Senate

63rd Legislature – 2013–2015
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
60th Legislature 24 26 50 0
61st Legislature 27 23 50 0
62nd Legislature 28 22 50 0
Begin 63rd Legislature 29 21 50 0
Latest voting share 58% 41%


Position Name Party
President of the Senate Jeff Essmann Republican
President pro tempore Debby Barrett Republican
Majority Leader Art Wittich Republican
Minority Leader Jon Sesso Democratic
  • Majority Whip: Eric Moore (R)
  • Majority Whip: Janna Taylor (R)
  • Majority Whip: Llew Jones (R)
  • Minority Whip: Robyn Driscoll (D)
  • Minority Whip: Cliff Larsen (D)
  • Secretary of the Senate: Marilyn Miller
  • Sergeant at Arms: Dan Ritter

Members of the Montana Senate

Montana limits its State Senators to two four-year terms in any 16-year period.

District Senator Party Residence First elected
1 Chas Vincent Rep Libby 2010
2 Dee L. Brown Rep Hungry Horse 2012
3 Bruce Tutvedt Rep Kalispell 2008
4 Jon Sonju Rep Kalispell 2010
5 Verdell Jackson Rep Kalispell 2006
6 Jana Taylor Rep Dayton 2012
7 Jennifer Fielder Rep Thompson Falls 2012
8 Shannon Augare Dem Browning 2010
9 Rick Ripley Rep Wolf Creek 2008
10 Bradley Maxon Hamlett Dem Cascade 2008
11 Anders Blewett Dem Great Falls 2010
12 Mitch Tropila Dem Great Falls 2006
13 Edward Buttrey Rep Great Falls 2010
14 Llew Jones Rep Conrad 2010
15 Jim Peterson Rep Buffalo 2006
16 Jonathan Windy Boy Dem Box Elder 2008
17 Greg Jergeson Dem Chinook 2012
18 John Brenden Rep Scobey 2008
19 Matthew Rosendale Rep Glendive 2012
20 Frederick Moore Rep Miles City 2010
21 Sharon Stewart-Peregoy Dem Crow Agency 2008
22 Taylor Brown Rep Huntley 2008
23 Alan Olson Rep Roundup 2010
24 Roger Webb Rep Billings 2012
25 Kendall Van Dyk Dem Billings 2010
26 Robyn Driscoll Dem Billings 2012
27 Elsie Arntzen Rep Billings 2012
28 Jeff Essmann Rep Billings 2004
29 Edward Walker Rep Billings 2010
30 Jason Priest Rep Red Lodge 2010
31 Ron Arthun Rep Wilsall 2010
32 Larry Jent Dem Bozeman 2006
33 Mike Phillips Dem Bozeman 2012
34 Scott Sales Rep Bozeman 2012
35 Art Wittich Rep Bozeman 2010
36 Debby Barrett Rep Dillon 2008
37 Jon Sesso Dem Butte 2012
38 Jim Keane Dem Butte 2008
39 Terry Murphy Rep Cardwell 2006
40 Mary Caferro Dem Helena 2010
41 Christine Kaufmann Dem Helena 2006
42 Dave Lewis Rep Helena 2004
43 Gene Vuckovich Dem Anaconda 2010
44 Scott Boulanger Rep Darby 2012
45 Fred Thomas Rep Stevensville 2004
46 Sue Malek Dem Missoula 2012
47 Dick Barrett Dem Missoula 2012
48 Tom Facey Dem Missoula 2010
49 David Wanzenried Dem Missoula 2006
50 Cliff Larsen Dem Missoula 2008

See also


External links

  • Montana State Legislature
  • Leadership of the 60th Montana Legislature
  • Project Vote Smart
  • Template:Ballotpedia

Template:Montana State Senators

Coordinates: 46°35′09″N 112°01′06″W / 46.58583°N 112.01833°W / 46.58583; -112.01833 (Montana state capitol)

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