Margaret MacDonald

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Margaret MacDonald
Current candidacy
Running for Montana House of Representatives, District 51
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Montana House of Representatives, District 54
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
BirthdayAugust 31, 1951
Place of birthGlendive, Montana
ReligionUnited Church of Christ
Office website
Campaign website
Margaret "Margie" MacDonald (b. August 31, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 54. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Starting in the 2011-2012 session, MacDonald serves as a Minority Whip.[1]


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.

Committee assignments


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:


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


Campaign themes


MacDonald's website listed the following campaign themes:[2]

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.



See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014

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. District 54 incumbent Margie MacDonald was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Tony O'Donnell defeated Landan Cheney in the Republican primary. MacDonald faces O'Donnell in the general election. Incumbent Kelly McCarthy (D) is running in District 49.[3]

Montana House of Representatives, District 51 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTony O'Donnell 69.3% 614
Landan Cheney 30.7% 272
Total Votes 886


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[4][5]

Montana House of Representatives, District 54, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret MacDonald Incumbent 58.7% 1,931
     Republican David Lewis 41.3% 1,359
Total Votes 3,290


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[6][7]

Montana House of Representatives, District 54 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png 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.[8]

Montana House of Representatives, District 54
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Margaret MacDonald (D) 1,749
Debra Bonogofsky (D) 1,641

Campaign donors

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.[9]

Margaret MacDonald's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 54 Won $19,531
2010 Montana House, District 54 Won $17,839
2008 Montana House, District 54 Won $19,411
2006 Montana Senate, District 25 Defeated $57,309
Grand Total Raised $114,090


MacDonald 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
MacDonald, Kathleen$160
Ross, Beverly$160
Coughlin, Barry$160
Tibbs, Karen$160
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.[10]

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


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."[11]
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.


MacDonald and her husband John, have two children.

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