Jim Peterson (Montana)

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Jim Peterson
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Montana State Senate, District 15
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Leader, Montana State Senate
2011 - 2012
Compensation
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives
2003 - 2007
Education
Bachelor'sMontana State University-Bozeman, 1968
Master'sTexas Agriculture and Mechanical University, 1973
Personal
BirthdayJuly 19, 1946
ProfessionOwner/Manager, Farm and Ranching Operation
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Jim Peterson (b. July 19, 1946) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. He has served as the Senate Majority Leader and the President of the Senate.

Peterson served in the Montana House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Education and Cultural Resources, Yes
Fish and Game
Taxation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Business in Montana

In January 2011, nearly 100 people representing businesses went to Helena to voice their concerns about job growth, business health, and other aspects involving the state and business.

“This is the first time we’ve tried this,” Senate President Peterson said in his opening remarks to one group.

“Everyone in the Legislature realizes the importance of jobs in this state,” Peterson said.

During the meeting, Peterson encouraged audience members to testify on the challenges of doing business in Montana.

Chas Vincent organized the event and said the listening session a success.

“A lot of people drove a long way just to talk for seven minutes,” he said.

Chas Vincent also said there were lessons to be learned from the business representatives' testimonies.

“We need to have a business atmosphere conducive for producing certainty for venture capitalists,” Vincent said. “Those that take the risk for job creation need a business environment with enough certainty to take risks.”

He said the event came early enough in the session that lawmakers would have time to have some “bills dropped into the hopper” to address issues mentioned.[2]

Elections

2010

See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Peterson won election to the Montana State Senate, defeating Dan Teigen. He had no primary opposition.[3][4]

Montana State Senate, District 15 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Peterson (R) 6,231
Dan Teigen (D) 1,977

2006

See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Peterson won election to the 15th District Seat in the Montana State Senate, defeating Dan Teigen (D).[5]

Montana State Senate, District 15 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Peterson (R) 6,160
Dan Teigen (D) 2,754

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Peterson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Peterson raised a total of $58,445 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 5, 2013.[6]

Jim Peterson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 15 Not up for election $0
2010 Montana Senate, District 15 Won $13,395
2008 Montana Senate, District 15 Not up for election $0
2006 Montana Senate, District 15 Won $25,375
2004 Montana House, District 30 Won $7,180
2002 Montana House, District 94 Won $12,495
Grand Total Raised $58,445

2012

Peterson was not up for election to the Montana State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Peterson raised a total of $0.
Montana State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Peterson's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$0
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Peterson won re-election to the Montana State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Peterson raised a total of $13,395.

2008

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

2006

Peterson won election to the Montana State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Peterson raised a total of $25,375.

2004

Peterson won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Peterson raised a total of $7,180.

2002

Peterson won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Peterson raised a total of $12,495.

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."[7]
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.

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Preceded by
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Montana Senate District 15
2007–present
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