Patrick Connell

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Patrick Connell
Montana House of Representatives, District 87
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2010
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Associate'sSouthwestern College, 1969
Bachelor'sUniversity of Montana, 1973
BirthdayJuly 15, 1949
Place of birthSanta Monica, California
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Patrick "Pat" Connell (b. July 15, 1949) is a Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 87. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Connell is a Republican member-elect of the Montana State Senate, representing District 43.


Connell earned his A.S. in Electronic Technology from Southwestern College in 1969, and B.S. in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana School of Forestry in 1973. His professional experience includes founding Timberland Forestry Services, LLC; and working as vice president of resource operations at Rocky Mountain Log Homes.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Connell served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Natural Resources, Vice Chair
State Administration


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2011
Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
Natural Resources
State Administration



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana State Senate 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 major party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Robert Schumacher was unopposed in the Democratic primary. District 44 incumbent Scott Boulanger was defeated by Pat Connell in the Republican primary. Connell defeated Schumacher in the general election. Incumbent Gene Vuckovich (D), who was not up for re-election, was reassigned to District 39.[1][2]

Montana State Senate, District 43 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat Connell 50.4% 2,403
Scott Boulanger Incumbent 49.6% 2,369
Total Votes 4,772


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Connell won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 87. Connell defeated Scott Boulanger and Jeff Burrows in the June 5 primary election and defeated Jan Wisniewski (D) and Karen Fisher (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 87, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Connell Incumbent 68.4% 3,749
     Democratic Jan Wisniewski 23.3% 1,277
     Libertarian Karen Fisher 8.2% 451
Total Votes 5,477


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Connell won election to the Montana House of Representatives. Connell defeated Jeff Burrows in the June 8 primary by a margin on 1,149-956. He faced Tobias Martin (L) in the November 2 general election.[5][6]

Montana House of Representatives, District 87 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Patrick Connell (R) 3,586
Tobias Martin (L) 769

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Connell is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Connell raised a total of $31,855 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[7]

Patrick Connell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 87 Won $18,998
2010 Montana House, District 87 Won $12,857
Grand Total Raised $31,855


Connell won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Connell raised a total of $18,998.
Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Patrick Connell's campaign in 2012
Connell, Patrick O.$5,812
Ravalli County Republican Central Committee$600
Montana Contractors Association$320
Staples, Mark C.$260
Ravalli County Republican Women's Club$200
Total Raised in 2012$18,998
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Connell was up for re-election, he collected $12,857 in donations.[8]

His largest contributor in 2010 was:

Donor Amount
Patrick Connell $3,386


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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."[9]
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.


Connell and his wife, Patricia, have two children.

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Preceded by
Ronald Stoker (R)
Montana House of Representatives District 87
Succeeded by