Art Wittich

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Art Wittich
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Montana House of Representatives, District 68
Incumbent
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Leader, Montana State Senate
2013 - 2014
Elections and appointments
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana State Senate, District 35
2011 - 2015
Education
Bachelor'sUtah State University, 1982
J.D.University of Montana, 1985
Personal
Date of birthDecember 25, 1957
Place of birthMiami, Florida
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Art Wittich (b. December 25, 1957) is a Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 68. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Wittich served in the Montana State Senate, representing District 35 from 2011 to 2015. In the 2013-2014 session, Wittich served as Majority Leader.

Biography

Wittich earned his B.S. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Utah State University in 1982, and his J.D. from the University of Montana in 1985.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Wittich served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
State Administration
Rules
Human Services, Chair

2013-2014

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Wittich served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Public Health, Welfare and Safety
Rules, Chair
Taxation

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wittich served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Ashley Stevick was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Art Wittich was unopposed in the Republican primary. Wittich defeated Stevick in the general election. Incumbent Kelly Flynn (R) ran in District 70.[1][2]

Montana House of Representatives, District 68 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngArt Wittich 69.2% 2,256
     Democratic Ashley Stevick 30.8% 1,003
Total Votes 3,259

2010

See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Wittich won election to the Montana State Senate, defeating Diane Elliot. Wittich defeated Shawn Moran, Dave Ponte, and Bruce Samson in the primary.[3][4]

Montana State Senate, District 35 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Art Wittich (R) 6,625
Diane Elliot (D) 2,962

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wittich is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Wittich raised a total of $58,556 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 7, 2013.[5]

Art Wittich's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 35 Not up for election $0
2010 Montana Senate, District 35 Won $21,970
2006 Montana Senate, District 32 Defeated $36,586
Grand Total Raised $58,556

2012

Wittich was not up for election to the Montana State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Wittich raised a total of $0.

2010

Wittich won election to the Montana State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Wittich raised a total of $21,970.

2006

Wittich lost the election for the Montana State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Wittich raised a total of $36,586.

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 7 to April 27.

Legislators are scored on "hotlisted bills that represent a portfolio of priority conservation and environmental issues."[6]
Legislators are scored on bills of importance to a state teachers' union.
Legislators are scored on issues of importance to a public interest advocacy group based at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Legislators are scored on bills relating to property rights.

Personal

Wittich and his wife, Candace, have two children.

Controversies

Civil action

In May 2014, Jonathan Motl (D), the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, filed a civil action against Wittich and eight other Republican candidates who ran in the 2010 elections. Wittich was accused of coordinating with and taking illegal corporate donations from American Tradition Partnership, a conservative advocacy group then known as Western Tradition Partnership. (State law bans a corporation from spending money to support or oppose candidates or parties.) Had the claim been upheld in court in time, Wittich could have been removed from his Senate seat and barred from running in the 2014 election. Wittich responded with a counterclaim accusing Motl of participating in a conspiracy with former commissioner Jim Murry, state Sen. Bruce Tutvedt (R) and 20 others to have him ousted.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Montana House of Representatives District 68
2015-present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Gary Perry
Montana State Senate District 35
2011–2015
Succeeded by
Gordon Vance (R)