Montana State Senate District 2

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Montana State Senate District 2
Current incumbentDee Brown Republican Party
Voting age76.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Montana's first state house district is represented by Republican Senator Dee Brown.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 19,687 civilians reside within Montana's first state senate district.[1] Montana state senators represent an average of 19,788 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 18,044 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Montana State Senate serve four-year terms with term limits.[4] Senators may serve no more than two consecutive terms. Twenty-five of the fifty state senate seats are up for election each even-numbered year. Montana legislators assume office the first Monday of January following the election. If January 1 is a Monday, legislators assume office on the first Wednesday.


To be eligible to serve in the Montana State Senate, a candidate must be:[5]

  • A resident of the state for at least one year next preceding the general election
  • A resident of the county for six months preceding the general election if it contains one or more districts or of the district if it contains all or parts of more than one county.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Montana legislature are paid $82.64/day. Per diem is $105.31/day.[6]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Montana legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Montana Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that Missouri senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms, or a total of eight years.[4]

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2000.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Board of County Commissioners that represent the vacant seat must select a replacement. The Secretary of State must notify the Board of Commissioners and the county central committee of the political party that holds the vacant seat no later than seven days after the vacancy happened. The county central committee has 45 days after receiving notice from the Secretary of State to provide a list of candidates to the Board of County Commissioners. The board must select a replacement no later than 15 days after receiving the list of candidates. If the Senate is in session, the selection must be made no later than five days after receiving a candidate list.[7] Any person selected to fill a Senate seat serves until the next scheduled general election.[8]



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Montana State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 5, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 12, 2012. Dee Brown (R) defeated David B. Fern (D) in the general election. Brown defeated Bill Beck and Suzanne Brooks in the Republican primary. Fern was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[9][10][11]

Montana State Senate, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDee Brown 53.4% 5,227
     Democratic David B. Fern 46.6% 4,569
Total Votes 9,796

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Montana State Senate District 2 have raised a total of $213,082. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $14,205 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Montana State Senate District 2
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $30,604 4 $7,651
2008 $94,208 4 $23,552
2004 $82,281 5 $16,456
2000 $5,989 2 $2,995
Total $213,082 15 $14,205
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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