Kathy Swanson

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Kathy Swanson
Montana House of Representatives, District 77
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2010
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
ProfessionRetired bank teller
Office website
Kathy Swanson is a Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 77. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Local Government, Vice Chair
State Administration


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Swanson served on the following committees:


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


Campaign themes


Swanson told The Montana Standard that the most important issue facing Montana was jobs, and that although "Montana should enjoy a budget surplus," money should be used on public education, infrastructure, and living wages for public employees.[1]



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. Incumbent Kathy Swanson was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election. Incumbent Kirk Wagoner (D) ran in District 75. James Davis (R) filed to run, but was removed from the ballot before the primary.[2][3]


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Swanson won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 86. Swanson ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Elena Gagliano (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Montana House of Representatives, District 86, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Swanson Incumbent 69.4% 3,126
     Republican Elena Gagliano 30.6% 1,379
Total Votes 4,505


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Swanson won election to the Montana House of Representatives. Swanson defeated incumbent Jim Jenner in the primary by a margin of 878-653. She had no opposition in the November 2 general election.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Swanson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Swanson raised a total of $9,966 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[6]

Kathy Swanson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 86 Won $3,675
2010 Montana House, District 86 Won $6,291
Grand Total Raised $9,966


Swanson won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Swanson raised a total of $6,291.


In 2010, a year in which Swanson was up for re-election, she collected $6,291 in donations.[7]

No contributions to her campaign were over $1,000.


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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."[8]
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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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Jenner (D)
Montana House of Representatives District 86
2011- present
Succeeded by