Shannon Augare

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Shannon Augare
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Montana State Senate, District 8
Incumbent
In office
2011- present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives
2006 - 2010
Education
High schoolBrowning High School
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Shannon Augare is a Democratic member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Augare did not seek re-election in 2014.

Augare served in the Montana House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010, during which time he served as Democratic Whip.

Biography

Augare's professional experience includes working as a staff assistant for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, and as an aide to U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Tom Daschle.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation
Judiciary
Legislative Administration
Local Government

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Augare served on the following committees:

Issues

Duplicate auto licenses

As chair of the Law and Justice Interim Committee in June 2010, Augare requested a review of Montana Enhanced Registration and Licensing Information Network (MERLIN), the computer system used by the state Department of Motor Vehicles since 2009. He had been prompted to do so by constituent complaints. The audit, presented in June of 2012, found significant improvements in the MERLIN system but also revealed that there were 78,000 duplicate license plates in Montana, many of them caused by a system glitch in 2011.[1]

Elections

2010

See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Augare won election to the Montana State Senate, defeating Richard Jennison. He defeated Joey Jayne in the June 8 primary by a margin of 976-743.[2][3]

Montana State Senate, District 8 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Shannon Augare (D) 2,105
Richard Jennison (R) 1,776

2008

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Shannon Augare ran unopposed and won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 16, receiving 2,833 votes.

Augare raised $680 for his campaign.[4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Shannon Augare (D) 2,833

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Augare is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Augare raised a total of $9,434 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 17, 2013.[5]

Shannon Augare's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 8 Not up for election $0
2010 Montana Senate, District 8 Won $8,275
2008 Montana House, District 16 Won $680
2006 Montana House, District 16 Won $230
2004 Montana Senate, District 43 Defeated $249
Grand Total Raised $9,434

2012

Augare was not up for election to the Montana State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Augare raised a total of $0.
Montana State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Shannon Augare's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$0
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Jackson won election to the Montana State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Jackson raised a total of $8,275.

2008

Jackson won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Jackson raised a total of $680.

2006

Augare won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Augare raised a total of $230.

2002

Augare lost the election for the Montana State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Augare raised a total of $249.

Scorecards

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2013

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."[6]
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.

Controversies

Drunk driving charges

On May 26, 2013, Augare was pulled over by a Glacier County sheriff's deputy. He allegedly ignored the deputy's request to turn off the vehicle, claiming a lack of jurisdiction, and sped away when the deputy moved to take his keys. In June 2013, after Blackfoot tribal prosecutors deferred, Augare was issued a summons to appear in federal court. On July 17, 2013, Augare pleaded not guilty to a single count each of driving under the influence, obstructing an officer of the peace, and reckless driving. The case was soon cited as an example of a confusing relationship between state, federal, and tribal authorities, with Augare's attorney pledging to have the case taken out of federal court. A trial date was set for September 26, 2013. Augare was excused temporarily from his committee assignments.[7][8][9]

Augare appeared in federal court on July 16, 2013, to face charges of obstructing a peace officer, driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving. Augare pleaded not guilty to the charges which, if convicted, carry a sentence of up to six months in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. Several legislators pressured Augare to step down from his legislative duties while the case is pending, while others called for his resignation.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carol Juneau
Montana Senate District 8
2011–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Montana State House District 16
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Lila Walter Evans