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Sam Rankin
Sam Rankin.jpg
Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, Montana
High schoolBillings West High School
Bachelor'sMontana State University - Billings
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army, Combat Medic 199th LIB
Campaign website
Sam Rankin was a 2014 Independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Montana.[1] He decided to withdraw from the race in April 2014 and instead supported John Bohlinger in the Democratic primary.[2]

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.[3]


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.[4]



See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2014

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.[2]


See also: Montana's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

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.[3][5]

Montana's At-Large District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKim Gillan 31% 25,077
Diane Smith 15.6% 12,618
Dave Strohmaier 14.1% 11,366
Rob Stutz 3.2% 2,586
Franke Wilmer 18.4% 14,836
Sam Rankin 11.6% 9,382
Jason Ward 6.1% 4,959
Total Votes 80,824

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rankin's reports.[6]

Sam Rankin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 10, 2014$0.00$14,922.87$(14,087.87)$835.00
Running totals


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.[4]

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