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|Montana State Senate, District 22|
|January 5, 2015 - present|
|January 7, 2019|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 terms (8 years)|
|Montana House of Representatives, District 48|
|2011 - 2015|
|Date of birth||December 29, 1951|
|Place of birth||Dickinson, North Dakota|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Kary earned his associate's degree in Business Administration from Minot State University in 1985. His professional experience includes working as a graphic consultant at Selby's and as a marketing representative at Montana-Dakota Utilities.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Kary served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation|
|• Business, Labor and Economic Affairs|
|• Education and Cultural Affairs|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kary served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications|
|• Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Vice Chair|
|• State Administration|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kary served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications|
|• Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|
|• State Administration|
Kary's website highlighted the following campaign issues:
Protecting Taxpayers: Montana is facing out-of-control spending and with declining revenues, some are looking for tax increases. You can count on Doug Kary to oppose all attempts to raise taxes or fees on Montana families.
Controlling Spending: Over the past five years Montana government spending has increased by 50% and there are roughly 1,000 new employees in our state government. Doug Kary knows that we must be more accountable to the Taxpayer. The mean wage in Montana is around $23,000. I find it difficult to believe, the fact that out of the 12,000 employees in our state government, 780 make over $100,000 per year and an additional 450 employees make between $90,000 – $100,0000.
Jobs: In order for Montana to compete we must make drastic changes to the way we do business. Doug Kary supports developing our natural resources, oil, natural gas, coal, and other minerals which will create high paying jobs. This in turn will provide revenues for education and other essential services. We must also look at developing alternate energy sources like wind, geothermal, bio-fuels and solar.
Education: Doug Kary understands the need for quality education for our children and grandchildren! We need to provide schools with resources so that they can produce better results within our education system. Montana and our local School Districts need to focus on getting more dollars to the classroom, cut down on the bureaucracy and make sure that we have the best quality teachers working hard to educate our children for the future.
Our Great Outdoors: Growing up hunting, fishing and just getting outdoors to recreate, Doug supports hunting in Montana as it is our heritage. Doug believes that veteran hunters and avid anglers should be on the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission so the interest of sportsmen and women are truly represented. Doug has been a long-time member of the NRA and will support and defend our 2nd Amendment rights against any issues that will restrict or limit the use of firearms.
Conservation: We must all live within our means. Doug believes in saving resources. All resources whether they are natural or man-made, must be utilized to their fullest extent. Human resources need to be used to their fullest extent; we cannot afford to duplicate government services in any way, shape or form.
In February 2013, Kary introduced House Bill 474 (timed out), which would create a state-run bank called the Montana Resources Bank. He told the Business & Labor Committee that the bank would "provide the banking services for the state, and use public funds to partner with local banks to assist in local community economic development activities." The Montana Bankers Association countered that existing government entities such as the Board of Investments already served similar functions. The bill was tabled in the Business and Labor Committee and not picked up again before the end of the 2013 session.
- See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Montana State Senate 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 major party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Steven Fugate was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Doug Kary was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kary defeated Fugate in the general election. Incumbent Taylor Brown (R), who was not up for re-election, was reassigned to District 28 by redistricting.
|Montana State Senate, District 22 General Election, 2014|
Kary won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 48. Kary ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Rita Wells (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 48, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Douglas Kary Incumbent||58.8%||2,454|
|Montana House of Representatives, District 48 General Election (2010)|
|Douglas Kary (R)||1,735|
|Wanda Grinde (D)||1,300|
Comprehensive donor information for Kary is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Kary raised a total of $32,522 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.
|Douglas Kary's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Montana House, District 48||$8,525|
|2010||Montana House, District 48||$13,980|
|2008||Montana House, District 48||$10,017|
|Grand Total Raised||$32,522|
2012Kary won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kary raised a total of $8,525.
|Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Douglas Kary's campaign in 2012|
|Yellowstone County Republican Women's Club||$800|
|Gianforte, Susan K||$160|
|BP North America||$160|
|Total Raised in 2012||$8,525|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, a year in which Kary was up for re-election, he collected $13,980 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
- Legislators are scored on bills relating to property rights.
Kary and his wife, Paulette, have two children.
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- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
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- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- Elect Doug Kary, "Issues," accessed October 16, 2012
- KXLH, "Montana legislators discuss creation of state-run bank," February 19, 2013
- LegiScan, "MT HB474 | 2013 | Regular Session," accessed July 25, 2013
- 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, "Kary, Douglas," accessed September 8, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Kary, Douglas," accessed March 8, 2014
- Montana Conservation Voters, "2013 State Legislative Scorecard," accessed August 30, 2014
|Montana State Senate District 22
| Succeeded by|
Wanda Grinde (D)
|Montana House of Representatives District 48
| Succeeded by|