Gary MacLaren

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Gary MacLaren
Montana House of Representatives, District 89
Former member
In office
2005 - 2013
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$103.69/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Associate'sBakersfield College, 1962
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley, 1964
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1964 - 1967
Date of birth03/28/1942
Place of birthSanta Ana, CA
Office website
Gary MacLaren (b. March 28, 1942) is a former Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing the 89th District from 2005 to 2013.

MacLaren's professional experience includes working as the following: network administrator at Electronic Data Systems, small business owner at Cookie Cupboard, finance administrator at Stauffer Chemical Co., and research chemist at Stauffer Chemical Co. He also served as an electronics officer in the United States Navy from 1964 to 1967.

MacLaren earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1964 and his A.A. from Bakersfield College in 1962.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, MacLaren served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, MacLaren served on these committees:



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

MacLaren ran in the 2012 election for Montana State Senate, District 45. MacLaren was defeated by Fred Thomas in the June 5 primary election.[1]

Montana State Senate, District 45 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred Thomas 58.2% 2,310
Gary MacLaren 41.8% 1,656
Total Votes 3,966


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, MacLaren won election to the Montana House of Representatives. He defeated Richard Stamey in the June 8 primary by a margin of 1,475-613. Russ Vogel ran for the seat on the Constitution Party ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Montana House of Representatives, District 89 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary MacLaren (R) 3,570
Russ Vogel (C) 851


On November 4, 2008, Gary MacLaren won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 89, receiving 4,624 votes.

MacLaren raised $5,290 for his campaign.[2]

Montana House of Representatives, District 89
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary MacLaren (R) 4,624

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which MacLaren was up for re-election, he collected $9,271 in donations.[3] MacLaren provided $1,800, the largest single contribution, to his own campaign. No other contributions were over $1,000.


MacLaren and his wife, Kay, have four children.

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Preceded by
Montana House of Representatives District 89
Succeeded by
Nancy Ballance (R)