|Montana House of Representatives, District 3|
|2011 - present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||4 terms (8 years)|
|Birthday||May 10, 1943|
|Place of birth||Kalispell, Montana|
O'Neil earned his A.A. from Flathead Community College. His professional experience includes working as a machinist, mechanic, toolmaker, woodworker, manager at Retail Lumber Company, and owner of Mediator and Independent Paralegal.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Neil served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Local Government|
Schools and guns
On February 4, 2013, O'Neil introduced House Bill 384, allowing students to leave guns locked in their cars on school grounds. He told the House Judiciary Committee that the bill "allows a student in rural Montana to bring a gun to school locked in their car, and perhaps hunt on the way to school or the way home from school." At the time, state law called for a one-year expulsion for students found to have brought a firearm to school, though attorney Debra Silk told the Associated Press that no Montana school had expelled anyone for such a length. On third reading, the bill was rejected by a vote of 45-53, and died in process as the 2013 session concluded.
Corporal punishment for offenders
Though such a bill had not been formally introduced by the conclusion of the 2013 session, O'Neil was said to be drafting legislation that allowed the option for convicts to accept corporal punishments in lieu of prison time. O'Neil told the Associated Press that his plan could possibly save the state's corrections budget millions of dollars per year. The Montana ACLU countered that although options for decreasing "over-incarceration" and correctional costs needed to be explored, corporal punishment was not one of them.
After his re-election in 2012, O'Neil wrote a letter to the Legislature requesting that his salary be paid in gold, saying that his constituents told him he was not fulfilling his oath to the U.S. Constitution. He told Politico that the Constitution requires that the government to print gold-backed money, saying, "I think we’ve gotten a tremendously long way from [a gold standard]." The state denied this request, saying that the Constitution did not require the payment of state debts with gold and silver coins, and that the state code had no provision for such payment.
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. Zac Perry was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Jerry O'Neil was unopposed in the Republican primary. Chris Colvin is running as a Libertarian candidate.
O'Neil won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 3. O'Neil ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Zac Perry (D) and Shawn Guymon (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 3, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Jerry O'Neil Incumbent||51.1%||2,333|
On November 2, 2010, O'Neil won election to the Montana House of Representatives. O'Neil defeated Harm Toren and Sandy Welch in the June 8 primary. He faced Zac Perry (D), Shawn Bailey (C), and Shawn Guymon (I) in the November 2 general election.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 3 General Election (2010)|
|Jerry O'Neil (R)||1,747|
|Zac Perry (D)||1,308|
|Shawn Guymon (I)||286|
Comprehensive donor information for O'Neil is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, O'Neil raised a total of $31,680 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.
|Jerry O'Neil's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Montana Senate, District 3||$3,280|
|2010||Montana House, District 3||$9,213|
|2006||Montana Senate, District 3||$0|
|2004||Montana Senate, District 3||$14,837|
|2000||Montana Senate, District 42||$4,350|
|Grand Total Raised||$31,680|
2012O'Neil won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, O'Neil raised a total of $3,280.
|Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jerry O'Neil's campaign in 2012|
|Flathead County Republican Central Committee||$800|
|Excellence in Voting||$160|
|Total Raised in 2012||$3,280|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010O'Neil won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, O'Neil raised a total of $9,213.
|Montana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jerry O'Neil's campaign in 2010|
|Flathead County Republican Women's Club||$600|
|Stillwater County Republican Central Committee||$400|
|Flathead County Republican Central Committee||$200|
|Excellence in Voting||$160|
|Total Raised in 2010||$9,213|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 7 to April 27.
- Montana Conservation Voters: 2013 State Legislative Scorecard
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- MEA-MFT: 2013 Legislature
- Legislators are scored on bills of importance to a state teachers' union.
- Montana Public Interest Research Group (MontPIRG): 2013 Montana Legislative Scorecard
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- United Property Owners of Montana: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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O'Neil has five children.
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- Profile from Open States
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- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- Associated Press, "Bill would let students leave guns in locked cars," February 10, 2013. Accessed February 13, 2013
- Open States, "HB 384," accessed July 24, 2013
- Associated Press, "Pain or prison time? Columbia Falls legislator wants to give inmates the choice," January 31, 2013. Accessed February 13, 2013
- Open States, bills sponsored by Jerry O'Neil. Accessed July 24, 2013
- Politico, "Lawmaker asks to be paid in gold," November 13, 2012. Accessed November 15, 2012
- Politico, "Montana tells lawmaker gold is for fools," November 15, 2012. Accessed November 15, 2012
- Montana Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Filing List: Legislative," accessed April 9, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2012 Legislative General Election Canvass," accessed February 13, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2012 Legislative Primary Election Canvass," accessed February 13, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "Legislative Primary Canvass - June 08, 2010," accessed March 12, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2010 Legislative General Election Canvass," accessed March 12, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Oneil, Jerry," accessed September 8, 2013
- Montana Conservation Voters, "2013 State Legislative Scorecard," accessed August 30, 2014
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