Scott Staffanson

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Scott Staffanson
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Montana House of Representatives, District 35
In office
August 2013 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
AppointedAugust 19, 2013
Appointed byRichland/Dawson County Commissioners
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Date of birthc. 1961
ProfessionFarmer, rancher
Scott Staffanson is a Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 35. He was first appointed to the chamber by a vote of Richland and Dawson County commissioners on August 19, 2013, following the death of incumbent David Halvorson (R), for whom he previously served as campaign manager.[1]


Staffanson graduated from Montana State University in 1982. His professional experience includes working as a farmer and rancher.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Staffanson served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Business and Labor
Natural Resources



See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana House of Representatives 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 candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Rob Knotts was unopposed in the Democratic primary. District 37 incumbent Scott Staffanson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Staffanson defeated Knotts in the general election. Incumbent Mike Lang (R) ran in District 33.[3][4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 35 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Staffanson Incumbent 79.5% 2,612
     Democratic Rob Knotts 20.5% 674
Total Votes 3,286


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Staffanson ran for election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives District 37. Staffanson withdrew from the June 5 Republican primary and joined David Halvorson's campaign as its manager.[2]


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