Matthew Rosendale

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Matthew Rosendale
Montana State Senate, District 18
In office
2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 4
Majority Leader, Montana House of Representatives
2015 - present
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits8 years in a 16 year period
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives, District 38
2011 - 2013
Date of birthJuly 7, 1960
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
Office website
Matthew Rosendale (b. July 7, 1960) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. Starting in the 2015 session, Rosendale serves as Majority Leader.

Rosendale served in the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 38 from 2011 to 2013.


Rosendale's professional experience includes working as a rancher. Prior to moving to Montana, he worked as a real estate professional in Maryland.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Natural Resources and Transportation
Finance and Claims
Rules, Chair


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


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


Law enforcement drones

On January 24, 2013, Rosendale introduced SB 196, "an act limiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by law enforcement and private users; prohibiting the use of unlawfully obtained information as evidence in court; and amending section 46-1-202, MCA."[2] His bill would ban the private and public use of drones for information collection with exceptions for law enforcement agencies which obtain warrants and for patrolling public lands and the Canadian border. Any information illegally by law enforcement agency drones would not be admissible as evidence in court. Rosendale's bill was less restrictive than Senator Robyn Driscoll's SB 150, which would not allow agencies to seek warrants for drone use. SB 196 passed the Senate 32-17 on February 5, and the House 87-11 on April 11. Gov. Steve Bullock (R) signed the bill into law on May 1, 2013.[3][4][5][6]



In August 2013, Rosendale filed paperwork with the FEC to start raising money for a congressional run. Rosendale has not decided if he will run for the House or the Senate. He is waiting to hear which office Republican Representative Steve Daines will seek in 2014.[7]


See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Rosendale won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana State Senate, District 19. Rosendale ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Fred Lake (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Montana State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Rosendale 67.6% 5,929
     Democratic Fred Lake 32.4% 2,842
Total Votes 8,771


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Rosendale won election to the Montana House of Representatives. Rosendale defeated Alan Doane and Edward Hilbert in the June 8 primary. He faced incumbent Dennis Getz (D) in the November 2 general election.[10][11]

Montana House of Representatives, District 38 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Matthew Rosendale (R) 1,932
Dennis Getz (D) 1,735

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rosendale is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Rosendale raised a total of $22,499 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 5, 2013.[12]

Matthew Rosendale's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 19 Won $12,419
2010 Montana House, District 38 Won $10,080
Grand Total Raised $22,499


Rosendale won election to the Montana State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Rosendale raised a total of $12,419.


Rosendale won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Rosendale raised a total of $10,080.


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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."[13]
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.


Rosendale and his wife, Jean, have three children.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Donald Steinbeisser (R)
Montana State Senate District 17
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dennis Getz (D)
Montana House of Representatives District 38
Succeeded by
Alan Doane (R)