Fred Thomas

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Fred Thomas
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Montana State Senate, District 44
In office
January 7, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Montana State Senate
1997 - 2005
Montana House of Representatives
1985 - 1993
Bachelor'sMontana State University, 1981
Date of birthJune 27, 1958
Place of birthStevensville, Montana
ProfessionInsurance agent
Office website
Campaign website
Fred Thomas (born June 27, 1958) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Thomas served in the Senate previously from 1997 to 2005 (during which time he spent four years as Majority Leader), and the Montana House of Representatives from 1985 to 2003.


Thomas earned his B.S. in Business and Finance from Montana State University in 1981. His professional experience includes working as a certified insurance counselor, and the branch manager of Western States Insurance Agency's locations in Hamilton and Stevensville.[1][2][3]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Highways and Transportation
Public Health, Welfare and Safety, Chair
Taxation, Vice Chair


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


Campaign themes


Thomas' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Creating Real Jobs

  • "Fred understands that Montanans want jobs created by their communities, not their congressman."
  • "Fred will work to create the business climate we need to attract and keep long-lasting jobs in Montana."

Developing Montana’s Natural Resources

  • "Fred believes Montanans have a right to benefit from our state’s natural resources. Developing our resources will boost our economy, create jobs, and help fund our state budget."
  • "Fred believes we should harvest Montana’s wind, timber, coal, oil, and natural gas. In developing our natural resources, we can protect and profit."

Limited Government

  • "Fred knows the best way to put Montanans back to work is to get the government out of the way."
  • "Fred will bring fiscal sanity back to Helena by cutting spending and getting our fiscal house in order."



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Thomas won election in the 2012 election for Montana State Senate, District 45. Thomas defeated Gary MacLaren in the June 5 primary election and defeated Dan Metully (D) and Rob McCoy (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Montana State Senate, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFred Thomas 58.3% 6,509
     Democratic Dan Metully 33.8% 3,772
     Libertarian Rob McCoy 7.9% 883
Total Votes 11,164

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thomas is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, Thomas raised a total of $150,805 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 7, 2013.[7]

Fred Thomas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 45 Won $26,498
2004 Montana Senate, District 31 Not up for election $0
2000 Montana Senate, District 31 Won $15,917
1996 Montana Senate, District 31 Won $10,232
1992 Montana Auditor Defeated $93,265
1990 Montana House, District 62 Won $4,893
Grand Total Raised $150,805


Thomas won election to the Montana State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Thomas raised a total of $26,498.


Thomas was not up for election to the Montana State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Thomas raised a total of $0.


Thomas won re-election to the Montana State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Thomas raised a total of $15,917.


Thomas won election to the Montana State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Thomas raised a total of $10,232.


Thomas lost the election for the Montana Auditor in 1992. During that election cycle, Thomas raised a total of $93,265.


Thomas won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 1990. During that election cycle, Thomas raised a total of $4,893.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Montana

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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."[8]
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.


Thomas and his wife, Suzie, have three sons. He served one term as the president of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Shockley (R)
Montana State Senate District 45
Succeeded by