|Former candidate for|
|U.S. Senate, Montana|
|High school||Billings West High School|
|Bachelor's||Montana State University - Billings|
|Service/branch||United States Army, Combat Medic 199th LIB|
Rankin was previously a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the At-Large Congressional District of Montana. Rankin was defeated by Kim Gillan in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012.
Rankin was born in Billings, Montana, and graduated from Billings West High School in 1963. He then pursued his bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a major in biology from Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University at Billings). In 1966, he joined the Peace Corps and taught public health and nutrition in India. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968 and served over 8 months in Vietnam. After an honorable discharge, Rankin worked for several real estate companies in Billings before starting his own firm, First Choice Real Estate, in 1983. He has taught biology on a contract basis for teachers on sabbatical at Montana public schools.
Rankin ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent Montana. He dropped out of the race in April 2014 and announced that he would support Democratic candidate John Bohlinger instead. Bohlinger lost in the Democratic primary.
Rankin ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Montana's at-large House seat. He faced Kim Gillan, Diane Smith, Dave Strohmaier, Rob Stutz, Franke Wilmer and Jason Ward in the Democratic primary. Rankin was defeated by Kim Gillan in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012.
|Sam Rankin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 10, 2014||$0.00||$14,922.87||$(14,087.87)||$835.00|
Sam married in 1973 and divorced in 1977 and has a son from that marriage. Sam married Diane Williams of Billings in 1983, and they have two daughters.
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- Ballot Access News, "Sam Rankin Will Attempt to be First Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator on Montana Ballot Since 1936," February 10, 2014
- News Talk KGVO, "Sam Rankin Quits Independent U.S. Senate Bid, Supports John Bohlinger," accessed October 2, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "Election Results" accessed June 5, 2012
- Sam Rankin for Congress, "Biography" April 18, 2012
- Montana Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results," accessed July 23, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Sam Rankin Summary Report," accessed April 29, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Sam Rankin April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014