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Janet Ellis

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Janet Ellis
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Montana House of Representatives, District 81
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2019
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Montana
ProfessionProgram director, Montana Audubon
Office website
Campaign website
Janet Ellis is a Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 81. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Natural Resources and Transportation


Campaign themes


Ellis' website highlighted the following campaign themes:

We can have a healthy environment and a healthy economy. We must encourage economic development while preserving the clean and healthful environment we all hold dear. I’ve spent the last thirty years advocating for clean water, wildlife, and open space and look forward to continuing to champion these causes in the legislature.

Everyone in our community should have basic life provisions, including food, shelter, and access to healthcare. I strongly support the expanding Medicaid to provide coverage for over 60,000 Montanans. High-quality public education is the linchpin of our democracy and key to Montana’s economic future. My son is the product of Helena public schools and his teachers prepared him well to succeed in college. We must continue to support our public schools and teachers as they work to improve graduation rates and to assure that all Montana students can reach their full potential.
“Government of the people, by the people and for the people” depends on keeping dark money out of politics and making sure that all eligible voters have access to the polls. As a citizen advocate, I’ve lobbied to strengthen our disclosure laws, so citizens know who is funding campaign material. As a legislator, I promise to work to improve transparency in electoral campaigns.[1][2]



See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014

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. Janet Ellis defeated Anna Doran in the Democratic primary. Michael Pardis was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ellis defeated Pardis in the general election. Incumbent Galen Hollenbaugh (D) did not seek re-election due to term limits.[3][4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 81 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanet Ellis 58.5% 2,207
     Republican Michael Pardis 41.5% 1,567
Total Votes 3,774
Montana House of Representatives, District 81 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJanet Ellis 54.2% 765
Anna Doran 45.8% 647
Total Votes 1,412


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In 2014, Ellis' endorsements included:[5]

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Preceded by
Galen Hollenbaugh (D)
Montana House of Representatives District 81
Succeeded by