Kelly McCarthy

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Kelly McCarthy
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Montana House of Representatives, District 51
In office
January 7, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1999)
Master'sUniversity of Texas at Dallas (2006)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of serviceMay 1985 – October 2001
Office website
Campaign website
Kelly McCarthy is a Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


McCarthy earned his B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1999, and his M.B.A. in Global Business from the University of Texas-Dallas in 2006. His professional experience includes working for First Interstate Bank, and in the U.S. intelligence community from August 1989 to April 2008 while in the Air Force and later with Raytheon.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
General Government


Campaign themes


In a submission to Ballotpedia, McCarthy stated he ran to "Get away from partisan politics and build bridges between the parties. I'm happy to work with anybody and everybody willing to put people before politics to get the work of the people of the Great State of Montana done."[1]

He listed the following three major issues of his campaign:[1]

  • Classrooms of discovery and innovation
  • Helping small business dreams become reality
  • Protecting Montana's incredible beauty



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. District 51 incumbent Kelly McCarthy was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Cory Hasiak was unopposed in the Republican primary. McCarthy defeated Hasiak in the general election. Incumbent Mary McNally (D) ran in District 47.[2][3]

Montana House of Representatives, District 49 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKelly McCarthy Incumbent 55.7% 1,289
     Republican Cory Hasiak 44.3% 1,025
Total Votes 2,314


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

McCarthy won election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 51. McCarthy defeated Lita Pepion in the June 5 primary election and defeated Taj Mukadam (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Montana House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKelly McCarthy 67.5% 1,985
     Republican Taj Mukadam 32.5% 956
Total Votes 2,941
Montana House of Representatives, District 51 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKelly McCarthy 79.4% 493
Lita Pepion 20.6% 128
Total Votes 621

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McCarthy is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, McCarthy raised a total of $10,186 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.[6]

Kelly McCarthy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 51 Won $10,186
Grand Total Raised $10,186


McCarthy won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McCarthy raised a total of $10,186.
Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kelly McCarthy's campaign in 2012
McCarthy, Kelly$2,686
Yellowstone County Democratic Central Committee$800
Nicholson, Mark$160
Copestick, Samantha$160
Connell, Martin R.$160
Total Raised in 2012$10,186
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Montana

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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."[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.


McCarthy has served as treasurer of Billings Industrial Revitalization District and the North Park Children's Center, and is the founder of Politics in the Pub.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robyn Driscoll (D)
Montana House of Representatives District 51
Succeeded by