Jason Priest

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Jason Priest
Montana State Senate, District 30
Former member
In office
2011 - 2015
Elections and appointments
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Bachelor'sWilliams College
Jason Priest is a former Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 30 from 2011 to 2015. Priest did not seek re-election in 2014.


Priest earned his B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Priest served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Telecommunications
Finance and Claims
Public Health, Welfare and Safety, Chair
Health and Human Services, Vice Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Priest served on the following committees:



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Priest won election to the Montana State Senate, defeating Aaron Kampfe. Priest defeated Scott Boggio in the primary.[1][2]

Montana State Senate, District 30 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jason Priest (R) 5,525
Aaron Kampfe (D) 2,952

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Priest is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Priest raised a total of $56,488 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[3]

Jason Priest's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 30 Not up for election $0
2010 Montana Senate, District 30 Won $56,488
Grand Total Raised $56,488


Priest was not up for election to the Montana State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Priest raised a total of $0.


Priest won election to the Montana State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Priest raised a total of $56,488.


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In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 7 to April 27.

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Priest and his wife, Anna, are separated; they have three children.


Domestic assault charges

On February 1, 2014, Priest was involved in a domestic incident that led to felony and misdemeanor charges against him. According to documentation of a police call released by the Montana Department of Justice, Priest's estranged wife, Anna, and her boyfriend, Jon Trapp, were at a bar when the former received a call from her daughter, who said Priest had been cursing. Priest then took the phone, cursed at his wife and told her to pick their daughter up. Trapp then called for police assistance before heading to Priest's residence with Anna, who worried that Priest would turn violent. Court records stated that by the time an officer arrived to the house, Priest had thrown his daughter inside from his porch, attempted to push his wife off of it then attacked Trapp. The charging affidavit quotes Priest during an interview while in custody, saying that he was upset with his daughter for wanting to be with her mother and Trapp. Priest pleaded not guilty to charges of partner or family member assault, misdemeanor assault and resisting arrest, and felony assault; he faced up to five years in prison.[5][6][7]

Senate President Jeff Essmann (R) commented that Priest had taken leave from his duties pending the outcome of his trial, originally set for January 12, 2015. Priest did not file for re-election by the March 10, 2014, deadline.[7][8]

Priest appeared in court on December 3, 2014, pleading guilty to counts of assault and resisting arrest, and two counts of partner or family member assault. Priest was immediately sentenced to a total of one year deferred -- three years served concurrently -- and $3,000 in fines with an additional $8,000 in restitution.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Story (R)
Montana State Senate District 30
Succeeded by
Nels Swandal (R)