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Dirk Adams

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Dirk Adams
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Montana
J.D.Harvard University
Dirk Adams was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Montana.[1] He was defeated by John Walsh in the Democratic primary on June 3, 2014.


Adams went to high school and college in Texas. He received his J.D. from Harvard University in 1976. He is currently a rancher and owner of a general store in Montana. While he was growing his ranching operation, he worked as an attorney and a banking executive.[2]


Campaign themes


Adams has stated his intent to run as a Democrat, because he is very conservative. He elaborated, "That means, on the social issues, I think the government ought to just leave people alone. Whether it has to do with women’s health, or who you fall in love with or whether you like guns, (the government) ought to just leave us alone. I think Democrats have been better at just leaving people alone, at recognizing their independence."[2]

Adams listed what makes him a good Senate candidate. He said, "To be creative, to know how to ask questions, to be a great negotiator. I have just a ton of experience in that area."[2] He added, "I decided to run because I was disgusted by what was going on in Washington and their inability to get anything done. As a rancher, I know how to get things done, because if you don’t get things done, the animals die."[2]

Adams has also said he wants to focus on job creation and fixing the Affordable Care Act.[2]



See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2014

Adams ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Montana. Adams sought the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, but lost to incumbent John Walsh.[1]

U.S. Senate, Montana Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Walsh Incumbent 64% 48,665
John Bohlinger 22.6% 17,187
Dirk Adams 13.3% 10,139
Total Votes 75,991
Source: Montana Secretary of State - Official Primary Results

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Adams' reports.[3]

Dirk Adams (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[4]January 29, 2014$0.00$143,975.00$(68,936.40)$75,038.60
April Quarterly[5]April 15, 2014$75,038.60$223,520.00$(220,841.00)$77,717.60
Running totals

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