Montana State Senate District 35

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Montana State Senate District 35
Current incumbentArt Wittich Republican Party
Voting age76.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Montana's thirty-fifth state senate district is represented by Republican Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 19,908 civilians reside within Montana's thirty-fifth 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, 2010

Elections for the office of Montana State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 8, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 15, 2010. Art Wittich (R) defeated Diane Elliot (D) in the general election. Wittich defeated Shawn Moran, Bruce Samson and Dave Ponte in the Republican primary. Elliot was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[9][10][11]

Montana State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngArt Wittich 69.1% 6,625
     Democratic Diane Elliot 30.9% 2,962
Total Votes 9,587

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Montana State Senate District 35 have raised a total of $82,566. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $8,257 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Montana State Senate District 35
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $44,322 5 $8,864
2006 $22,311 3 $7,437
2000 $15,933 2 $7,967
Total $82,566 10 $8,257

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