Jeff Essmann

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Jeff Essmann
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Current candidacy
Running for Montana House of Representatives, District 54
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Montana State Senate, District 28
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Leadership
President of the Senate
2013 - present
State House Majority Leader
2011 - 2012
Compensation
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives
2004 - 2005
Education
Bachelor'sIllinois Institute of Technology, 1974
J.D.University of Montana, 1977
Personal
BirthdayJune 29, 1952
Place of birthBillings, Montana
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jeff Essmann (b. June 29, 1952) is the Republican President of the Montana State Senate, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. Essmann served as the Majority Leader in the 2011-2012 session.

Essmann, who is affected by term limits, is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 54 of the Montana House of Representatives.

Essmann served in the Montana House of Representatives from his appointment in 2004 to 2005. Essmann was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1996. He was a Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 69 Poly Drive School from 1982 to 1998, and the Chair of the Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee from 1995 to 1999.

Biography

Essmann earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1974, and his J.D. from the University of Montana in 1977. His professional experience includes working as an attorney, owner/manager of Valet Today Cleaners, and owner/manager of Esstech Limited Liability Corporation.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Telecommunications
Finance and Claims
Rules
Taxation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Essmann served on the following committees:

Issues

Tax-exempt properties

As reported in the Montana Policy Institute's Montana Pig Tales (2012), Essmann supported efforts to create a comprehensive list of all tax-exempt properties in Montana. As of 2012, there were 11,034 properties which had been granted tax exemptions since the state was granted authority to do so in 1981, in addition to the large number of properties which had been granted tax exemptions by Montana's counties from the state's independence in 1889 until 1981. A bill to create a list of all such properties and verify the validity of their exemptions died in the interim Revenue and Transportation Committee in September 2012 amid objections from the Department of Revenue about the bill's potential expense in DOR time and resources.[1] Essmann told the Montana Policy Institute that he intended to introduce a bill to pilot a review of tax-exempt properties in one or two counties in 2013, although he had not done so by the end of the 2013 session.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014, and a general election will take 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. Nancy Rasky was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jeff Essmann defeated Debra Bonogofsky in the Republican primary. Rasky faces Essmann in the general election. Jeffrey Hill is running as a Libertarian candidate. Incumbent Margie MacDonald (D) is running in District 51.[3]

Montana House of Representatives, District 54 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Essmann 67.4% 1,341
Debra Bonogofsky 32.6% 648
Total Votes 1,989

2012

See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Essman had initially declared his intention to run for Governor of Montana in 2012, but withdrew from the race months before the June 5th primary election, citing a lack of funds and a desire for a united Republican party.[4]

2010

See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Essmann won election to the Montana State Senate, defeating Russell Doty. He had no primary opposition.[5][6]

Montana State Senate, District 28 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Essmann (R) 5,906
Russell Doty (D) 2,898

2006

See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Essmann won re-election to the 28th District Seat in the Montana State Senate, defeating Rayla Romain (D).[7]

Montana State Senate, District 28 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Essmann (R) 7,091
Rayla Romain (D) 2,841

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Essmann is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Essmann raised a total of $136,052 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[8]

Jeff Essmann's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Montana Withdrew $61,713
2010 Montana Senate, District 28 Won $33,894
2008 Montana Senate, District 28 Not up for election $0
2006 Montana Senate, District 28 Won $40,445
Grand Total Raised $136,052

2012

Essmann ran but withdrew from election to the Governor of Montana in 2012. During that election cycle, Essmann raised a total of $61,713.
Governor of Montana 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeff Essmann's campaign in 2012
Essmann, Jeff$6,219
Cloud, William$1,260
Zinke, Robert$1,260
Hume, Jeff$1,260
Hulsey, Blu$1,260
Total Raised in 2012$61,713
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Essmann won re-election to the Montana State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Essmann raised a total of $33,894.

2008

Essmann was not up for election to the Montana State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Essmann raised a total of $0.

2006

Essmann won re-election to the Montana State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Essmann raised a total of $40,445.

Scorecards

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2013

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."[9]
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.

Personal

Essmann is married to his wife, Sherry.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Montana Senate District 28
2005–present
Succeeded by
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