|Montana House of Representatives, District 34|
|2011 - present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||4|
|Speaker, Montana House of Representatives|
|2015 - present|
|Speaker Pro Tempore, Montana House of Representatives|
|2013 - 2014|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||4 terms (8 years)|
|High school||Culbertson High School, 1999|
|Bachelor's||Montanan State University, 2004|
|J.D.||University of Montana School of Law, 2008|
Knudsen earned his B.S. in Sociology and B.A. in Political Science from Montana State University, and his J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law. His professional experience includes working as an attorney at O'Toole Law Firm.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Knudsen served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications|
|• Legislative Administration, Vice Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Knudsen served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications|
|• Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|
Knudsen's website highlighted themes including expanding natural resource development "while protecting private property and surface interests," and "cutting pointless regulations and bureaucracy."
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. Gene Hartsock was unopposed in the Democratic primary. District 36 incumbent Austin Knudsen was unopposed in the Republican primary. Knudsen defeated Hartsock in the general election. Incumbent Wendy Warburton (R) did not seek re-election.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 34 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Austin Knudsen Incumbent||76.2%||3,279|
Knudsen won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 36. Knudsen ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 36 General Election (2010)|
|Austin Knudsen (R)||2,174|
|Julie French (D)||1,729|
Comprehensive donor information for Knudsen is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Knudsen raised a total of $27,225 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.
|Austin Knudsen's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Montana House, District 36||$4,575|
|2010||Montana House, District 36||$22,650|
|Grand Total Raised||$27,225|
2012Knudsen Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Knudsen raised a total of $4,575.
|Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Austin Knudsen's campaign in 2012|
|Montana Coal Council||$160|
|Knudsen, Elva May||$160|
|Total Raised in 2012||$4,575|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, a year in which Knudsen was up for election, he collected $22,650 in donations.
No contributions to his campaign were over $1,000.
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In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 7 to April 27.
- Montana Conservation Voters: 2013 State Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on "hotlisted bills that represent a portfolio of priority conservation and environmental issues."
- MEA-MFT: 2013 Legislature
- Legislators are scored on bills of importance to a state teachers' union.
- Montana Public Interest Research Group (MontPIRG): 2013 Montana Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on issues of importance to a public interest advocacy group based at the University of Montana in Missoula.
- United Property Owners of Montana: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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Knudsen and his wife, Christie, have two children.
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- Great Falls Tribune, "Montana lawmakers pick 2015 legislative leaders," November 12, 2014
- Austin Knudsen for House District 36, "Issues," accessed October 16, 2012
- Montana Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Filing List: Legislative," accessed October 29, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2014 Statewide Primary Election Canvass," accessed June 30, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2012 Legislative General Election Canvass," accessed February 13, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2012 Legislative Primary Election Canvass," accessed February 13, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "Legislative Primary Canvass - June 08, 2010," accessed March 12, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2010 Legislative General Election Canvass," accessed March 12, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Knudsen, Austin," accessed September 8, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 campaign contributions," accessed March 8, 2014
- Montana Conservation Voters, "2013 State Legislative Scorecard," accessed August 30, 2014
Julie French (D)
|Montana House of Representatives District 36
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