Legislature

This page includes current legislators endorsed by MCV. The endorsement process for the 2018 elections will begin as legislators and candidates formally file for office in the spring.

    Mary McNally

    Mary McNally

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator Mary McNally represents SD24 in Billings. Mary is retired from MSU-Billings and also taught at Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Serving on the energy committee first in the House and now the Senate, Mary has consistently been a strong voice supporting clean, renewable energy.

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    District: Senate District 24

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Jen Gross

    Jen Gross

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator Jen Gross is a Billings native and brings years of experience working with and advocating for women, families and children to the Senate. She is an advocate for women and families in their private health care decisions, protecting working families & small businesses, keeping Montana rivers and streams clean and accessible, and providing access to quality education for all. Jen was appointed to replace former Senator Robyn Driscoll on the 2016 ballot after Robyn’s appointment to the Yellowstone County Commission.

    Jen Gross for Montana

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    District: Senate District 25

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100

    Margie MacDonald

    Margie MacDonald

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator Margie MacDonald represents SD26, comprising much of Billings south side corridor. She served as the House Minority Whip, has been a longtime community advocate, and a champion on clean energy and environmental issues with a perfect 100 percent MCV rating in four sessions in the House and one in the Senate. Margie is a regional organizer at the Western Organization of Resource Councils, the former executive director of the Montana Association of Churches, and former staff director of the Northern Plains Resource Council.

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    District: Senate District 26

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Mike Phillips

    Mike Phillips

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator Mike Phillips represents SD31 is an outspoken leader on climate change. Mike has led the charge on expanding Montana’s net metering laws allowing homeowners and businesses to install clean, renewable energy generation such as rooftop solar panel, wind turbines, or micro-hydropower.

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    District: Senate District 31

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 93%

    JP Pomnichowski

    JP Pomnichowski

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator JP Pomnichowski represents SD33 in Bozeman. JP in consistently a conservation champion in the legislature who actively seeks out information on how to advance a clean energy and pro-public lands agenda. She serves in leadership as Minority Whip.

    Re-elect JP Pomnichowski

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    District: Senate District 33

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Jill Cohenour

    Jill Cohenour

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator Jill Cohenour represents SD42 covering East Helena and eastern Helena. Jill works as a pharmacist at the Department of Public Health & Human Services and has been a leader in the legislature as a sportswoman and ally of good conservation policies.

    Jill Cohenour for Senate

    Contact:

    406.227.1144

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    District: Senate District 42

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 97%

    Dick Barrett

    Dick Barrett

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator Dick Barrett represents SD45 and is a retired economics professor at the University of Montana. During six sessions in the legislature, Dick has earned a perfect 100 percent MCV voting record while establishing himself as a leader on conservation issues.

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    District: Senate District 45

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Sue Malek

    Sue Malek

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator Sue Malek represents SD46 after earning a perfect 100 percent MCV voting rating over five sessions in the legislature. She works at the University of Montana where she helps Montana’s students graduate high school and college.

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    District: Senate District 46

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Cynthia Wolken

    Cynthia Wolken

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator Cynthia Wolken represents SD48 in Missoula. An attorney, Cynthia stepped into a leadership role for conservation issues as the Minority Vice-Chair of the Senate Energy Committee. Cnythia tirelessly worked to get votes to support policies for clean, renewable energy.

    Cynthia Wolken for Montana Senate

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    District: Senate District 48

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Diane Sands

    Diane Sands

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator Diane Sands represents SD49 in Missoula. Diane has been involved in progressive and conservation issues for many years. Her leadership to speak her mind and advocate for positive issues has been critical in an otherwise anti-conservation Senate.

    Diane Sands for Missoula

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    District: Senate District 49

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 97%

    Tom Facey

    Tom Facey

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator Tom Facey represents SD50 in Missoula. A retired teacher, Tom earned a stunning perfect 100% rating from MCV over eight sessions going back to the 1999 session. Tom serves in leadership as Minority Whip.

    District: Senate District 50

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Zac Perry

    Zac Perry

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Zac Perry represents HD3 which includes Columbia Falls and Hungry Horse. An MCV member who has consistently voted to defend public lands and water quality, Zac is a strong ally on conservation issues as a member of the House Energy Committee.

    Zac Perry for House District 3

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    District: House District 3

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 86%

    Dave Fern

    Dave Fern

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     Rep. Dave Fern represents HD5 in Whitefish after serving as a longtime member of the local school board. Dave’s perfect MCV score in his first session was critical as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee.

    Dave Fern for House District 5

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    District: House District 5

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Jean Price

    Jean Price

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Jean Price represents HD24 and is an artist and retired teacher from Great Falls Public Schools. In her four terms in the House, Jean has averaged a 98 percent MCV voting record. She worked at Great Falls High School and served as an adjunct art-faculty member at the University of Great Falls and Montana State University Great Falls College of Technology. Currently, Jean is the director of the Urban Art Project.

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    District: House District 24

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 98%

    Jacob Bachmeier

    Jacob Bachmeier

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Jacob Bachmeier represents HD28 in Havre and was born with politics in his blood with his grandfather Charles Manuel who served as speaker pro tempore in the Montana House of Representatives. Jacob’s top priorities as a legislator will be to pass an infrastructure bill as well as strengthening public education and protecting Montana’s public lands. At age 18, Jacob is the youngest legislator in the 2017 Legislature.

    Bachmeier for State Rep.

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    406.879.6427

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    District: House District 28

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 90%

    Kathy Kelker

    Kathy Kelker

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Kathy Kelker represents HD47 in Billings, is the former executive director of the Billings Head Start program, a long-time school board member, active church member, and an advocate for children and low income people. Her experience and support for conservation issues served us well in Helena.

    Kathy Kelker for State Legislature

    Contact:

    PO Box 20301
    Billings, MT 59104-1535

    406.698.5610

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    District: House District 47

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 96%

    Jessica Karjala

    Jessica Karjala

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Jessica Karjala represents HD48 in Billings, runs her own business as a consultant for the non-profit sector. She raised her children to share a passion for skiing, hiking, camping and enjoying the incredible beauty of Montana.

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    District: House District 48

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Kelly McCarthy

    Kelly McCarthy

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Kelly McCarthy represents HD49 in Billings. He joined the Air Force as a young man in 1985, and spent most of the next 23 years working for various intelligence agencies. Kelly has been working in the banking industry to improve financial services to the underserved. He serves on the board of the Billings Industrial Revitalization District, working to promote brownfield investments and urban renewal in blighted areas.

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    District: House District 49

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 93%

    Virginia Court

    Virginia Court

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Virginia Court represents HD50 in Billings. Virginia is a past chair of MCV’s Board of Directors and served as a board member of the Billings Library Board. She graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Biological Services and subsequently worked as a naturalist for the National Park Service, which made her aware of wisely developing and maintaining the quality of life in Montana. In the legislature she has served as vice-chair of the Natural Resource Committee and earned a 100 percent MCV score during each of her four terms.

    Virginia Court for State Legislature

    Contact:

    18 Leatherwood Lane
    Billings, MT 59102

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    District: House District 50

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Laurie Bishop

    Laurie Bishop

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Laurie Bishop represents HD60 in Livingston and has lived in Livingston for 20 years and been a business owner, board and committee member, non-profit leader and parent. Laurie is committed to the public lands and waterways that support her community’s economy and the passions of its residents.

    Laurie Bishop for Montana

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    District: House District 60

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Jim Hamilton

    Jim Hamilton

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Jim Hamilton represents HD61 in Bozeman. Jim has served as vice-president of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, president of the Sunrise Rotary Club, and volunteer firefighter for the Fort Ellis district. He currently works as a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments.

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    District: House District 61

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Tom Woods

    Tom Woods

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Tom Woods represents HD62 in Bozeman and scored a 100 percent with MCV scorecard in each of his three sessions. Tom is a professor at Montana State University, where he teaches cellular biology. He led trips as a guide into the greater Yellowstone area, sharing Montana’s abundant wildlife and backcountry with visitors from all over the world and met his wife of 22 years, Katie, while working at Yellowstone.

    Tom Woods for Montana

    Contact:

    PO Box 627
    Bozeman, MT 59771

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    District: House District 62

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Zach Brown

    Zach Brown

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Zach Brown represents HD63 in Bozeman whose focus is to strengthen our public education system, promote efficient government through investment in energy conservation, support small business, and protect Montana’s outdoor heritage. Zach works for One Montana, a nonprofit bringing together urban and rural communities to find common ground including on issues such as water shortages.

    Zach Brown for Montana

    Contact:

    601 S. Tracy
    Bozeman, MT 59715

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    District: House District 63

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 95%

    Denise Hayman

    Denise Hayman

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Denise Hayman represents HD66 in Bozeman. A former member of the Bozeman School Board, she now serves on the board of directors for the Bozeman Schools Foundation. Denise has been a board member of Montanans Against Toxic Burning and is a past president of the Gallatin Valley Wilderness Association.

    Denise Hayman for House District 66

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    District: House District 66

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Kathy Swanson

    Kathy Swanson

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     Rep. Kathy Swanson represents HD77 in Anaconda. As a member of the State Administration Committee, Kathy has been a champion for voter rights and voter access. Her time in the House has focused on education, economic investments, heath care and “keeping public lands in public hands”

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    District: House District 77

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 92%

    Jenny Eck

    Jenny Eck

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Jenny Eck represents HD79 in Helena and has earned 100 percent MCV ratings in each of her three sessions while serving as a member of the Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees. She is interested in mental illness issues, is interested in increasing Montana’s RPS requirement, and serves in leadership as the Minority Leader.

    Jenny Eck for HD 79

    Contact:

    PO Box 1206
    Helena, MT 59624

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    District: House District 79

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Janet Ellis

    Janet Ellis

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Janet Ellis represents HD81 in Helena. Janet has been a strong, effective voice for conservation and environmental protection for the last 30 years, working as the Program Director (and founding staff person) of Montana Audubon. Janet is considered one of the most effective policy advocates for our clean water, fish and wildlife – and birds – in the legislature.

    Janet Ellis for State Legislature

    Contact:

    PO Box 385
    Helena, MT 59624

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    District: House District 81

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Moffie Funk

    Moffie Funk

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Moffie Funk represents HD82 in Helena. A retired teacher at Montana City School, Moffie encouraged her fellow teachers and students to recycle and compost at the school. Her focus has always been what she believes are the cornerstones of her community – Education, Employment, and Environment.

    Funk for Montana

    Contact:

    PO Box 925
    Helena, MT 59624

    District: House District 82

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 96%

    Kim Abbott

    Kim Abbott

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Kim Abbott represents HD83 in Helena and is the co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network. Working with legislators during the 2015 session, Kim advocated for passage of the CSKT Water Compact, reform of the oil & gas tax holiday, and other key social justice issues. Kim was key in passage of Medicaid expansion.

    Kim Abbott for Legislature

    Contact:

    PO Box 1752
    Helena, MT 59624

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    District: House District 83

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Mary Ann Dunwell

    Mary Ann Dunwell

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Mary Ann Dunwell represents HD84 in Helena. Mary Ann worked at the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services, Department of Environmental Quality and currently works at the Department of Revenue. At MDEQ, Mary Ann played a significant role in the state’s work to help local landowners recover from Exxon Mobil’s pipeline oil spill in the Yellowstone River in 2011.

    District: House District 84

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Nate McConnell

    Nate McConnell

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Nate McConnell represents HD89 in Missoula. Nate is a solo attorney focusing mainly on labor and employment law but also takes human rights discrimination and criminal defense cases. He has a master’s degree in Environmental History. Among others, he is a member of Trout Unlimited and the Clark Fork Coalition. Nate serves in leadership as Minority Whip.

    Nate McConnell for House District 89

    Contact:

    PO Box 8511
    Missoula, MT 59807

    406.214.2445

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    District: House District 89

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Ellie Hill Smith

    Ellie Hill Smith

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Ellie Hill Smith represents HD90 in Missoula where she’s earned a perfect 100 percent MCV score during four sessions. She is a member of MCV, an attorney and advocate. Her record of service includes work as the former Executive Director of the Poverello Center, and volunteer leadership with the Missoula Chapter of the New Leaders Council, and the national Vice President for the Young Democrats of America.

    Ellie Hill Smith for HD90

    Contact:

    501 Daly Avenue
    Missoula, MT 59801

    406.218.9608

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    District: House District 90

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Bryce Bennett

    Bryce Bennett

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Bryce Bennett represents HD91 in Missoula where he’s earned a perfect 100 percent MCV score during four sessions. Bryce is the Executive Director of MontPIRG and previously worked for Forward Montana, an organization he helped found. He’s an outspoken advocate for clean, renewable energy, clean water and wild country. A member of the State Administration Committee, Bryce is an outspoken advocate for voter rights and access.

    Bryce Bennett for HD91

    Contact:

    PO Box 9062
    Missoula, MT 59807

    Website

    District: House District 91

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    John Fleming

    John Fleming

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. John Fleming represents HD93. Returning to the House after serving in 2009, John, a retired teacher from St. Ignatius, has opposed legislation gutting the Montana Environmental Policy Act and stood up for clean water, the Renewable Energy Standard, and energy efficiency.

    John Fleming for House District 93

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    District: House District 93

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 95%

    Kim Dudik

    Kim Dudik

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Kim Dudik represents HD94 in Missoula. She believes we need to work to protect the environment so that our children may enjoy the same wonderful environment and outdoor recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing, that we have. Kim knows that we must conserve our lands and preserve access to our lands and rivers. She also knows that global climate change is a proven scientific fact that we need to address through our policies and legislation in order to maintain the natural beauty and resources that make Montana so special.

    Kim Dudik for HD94

    Contact:

    PO Box 16712
    Missoula, MT 59808

    Website

    District: House District 94

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 97%

    Shane Morigeau

    Shane Morigeau

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Shane Morigeau represents HD95 in Missoula and works for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). Shane was key to passing the CSKT Water Compact during the 2015 session. A graduate of the University of Montana, Shane was born in Missoula but also spent time on the Flathead Reservation growing up. Shane serves in leadership as Minority Whip.

    Shane Morigeau for House District 95

    Contact:

    PO Box 7552
    Missoula, MT 59807

    406.546.4290

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    District: House District 95

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Willis Curdy

    Willis Curdy

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Willis Curdy represents HD98 in Missoula, is a former high school social studies teacher and runs Curdy Cattle Company. He is committed to protecting our clean air and water as well as expanding access to Montana’s public lands. He opposes efforts to overturn Montana’s stream access laws and is a great conservation voice in the House.

    Wilis Curdy for HD98

    Contact:

    11280 Kona Ranch Road
    Missoula, MT 59804

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    District: House District 98

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Marilyn Ryan

    Marilyn Ryan

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     Rep. Marilyn Ryan represents HD99 in Missoula. As a freshman member of the House Appropriations Committee, Marilyn’s focus was on funding for social service programs such as seniors, disabled, and health care. However, Marilyn is a staunch supporter of conservation issues and is a key ally in the legislature.

    Marilyn Ryan for House District 99

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    District: House District 99

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100

    Andrea Olsen

    Andrea Olsen

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Andrea Olsen took representing HD100 to a new level when she scored a perfect 100 percent MCV rating during her first two sessions. Andrea serves on the House Energy Committee and consistently speaks up for good conservation policies.

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    District: House District 100

    Party: Democrat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%