|Montana House of Representatives, District 54|
|2009 - present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||4 terms (8 years)|
|Birthday||August 31, 1951|
|Place of birth||Glendive, Montana|
|Religion||United Church of Christ|
MacDonald's professional experience includes working as the director at the Montana Office of Community Service, executive director at the Montana Association of Churches, staff director at the Northern Plains Resource Council, and a staff member at the Northern Plains Resource Council.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, MacDonald served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2013|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, MacDonald served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Ethics, Vice Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, MacDonald served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2009|
MacDonald's website listed the following campaign themes:
Providing Quality, Affordable Healthcare to all Montanans
I understand that health care costs are crushing Montana families and businesses. I supported the “Healthy Montana Kids” Initiative 155 which brings access to health care coverage to 30,000 Montana children who do not have it.
Investing in Good Teachers and Classrooms
I believe that good schools and good teachers lead to good, high paying jobs. In particular, I’ll champion affordable job training programs at our College of Technology. After years of shifting the cost of higher education onto students and their families—making it unaffordable for many—it is time to turn that around so all Montana kids can have access and opportunities for higher education.
Jobs and Energy
I know that the big oil companies are making enormous profits while high gas prices are busting our budgets. I believe we can build our own homegrown energy economy making affordable, renewable energy using Montana’s own sun, wind, and geothermal power for heat and electricity. We can invest in construction jobs weatherizing low income housing and building new energy star offices and homes. I am a leading champion of biodiesel that we can grow and process here in Montana. That helps our rural communities, creates new manufacturing jobs, and keeps our energy dollars circulating here, instead of exporting them to the Persian Gulf.
Protecting Hunting, Fishing Lands
I will continue to fight to protect Montana’s outdoor heritage and our access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreation. I’ll work together with landowners and sportsmen to boost successful programs such as Block Management, and I’ll oppose putting Montana’s public lands up for sale or charging fees to access our public lands and forests.
Fair Taxes for All Montanans
I know that during the 1990’s and early part of this decade, when Republicans ran Montana, they shifted the tax burdens from the largest and wealthiest businesses to homeowners and small businesses. I will work for a return to fair taxes for all Montanans.
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 54 incumbent Margie MacDonald was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Tony O'Donnell defeated Landan Cheney in the Republican primary. MacDonald defeated O'Donnell in the general election. Incumbent Kelly McCarthy (D) ran in District 49.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 51 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Margie MacDonald Incumbent||50.2%||1,323|
|Montana House of Representatives, District 51 Republican Primary, 2014|
MacDonald won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 54. MacDonald ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated David Lewis (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 54, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Margaret MacDonald Incumbent||58.7%||1,931|
On November 2, 2010, MacDonald won election to the Montana House of Representatives. She did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. Dennis Lenz ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 54 General Election (2010)|
|Margaret MacDonald (D)||1,208|
|Dennis Lenz (R)||1,164|
On November 4, 2008, Margaret MacDonald won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 54, receiving 1,749 votes.
MacDonald raised $19,411 for her campaign.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 54|
|Margaret MacDonald (D)||1,749|
|Debra Bonogofsky (D)||1,641|
Comprehensive donor information for MacDonald is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, MacDonald raised a total of $114,090 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.
|Margaret MacDonald's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Montana House, District 54||$19,531|
|2010||Montana House, District 54||$17,839|
|2008||Montana House, District 54||$19,411|
|2006||Montana Senate, District 25||$57,309|
|Grand Total Raised||$114,090|
2012MacDonald won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, MacDonald raised a total of $19,531.
|Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Margaret MacDonald's campaign in 2012|
|Yellowstone County Democratic Central Committee||$800|
|Total Raised in 2012||$19,531|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, a year in which MacDonald was up for re-election, she collected $17,839 in donations.
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.
- Montana Conservation Voters: 2013 State Legislative Scorecard
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- MEA-MFT: 2013 Legislature
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MacDonald and her husband John, have two children.
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- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2010, 2008, 2006
- "Peterson, Milburn get top spots for 2011 legislative session," Montana Watchdog, November 17, 2010
- MacDonald for Billings, "Issues," accessed October 16, 2012
- Montana Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Filing List: Legislative," accessed October 29, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2014 Statewide Primary Election Canvass," accessed June 30, 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, "2010 Legislative General Election Canvass," accessed March 8, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "Legislative Primary Canvass - June 08, 2010," accessed March 12, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Margaret's 2008 campaign contributions," accessed March 8, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Macdonald, Margaret E (Margie)," accessed September 8, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 campaign contributions," accessed March 8, 2014
- Montana Conservation Voters, "2013 State Legislative Scorecard," accessed August 30, 2014
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