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Taylor Brown
Montana State Senate, District 28
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 6
Majority Whip, Montana State Senate
2010 - 2012
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Bachelor'sMontana State University-Bozeman
Office website
Campaign website
Taylor Brown is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Brown served as a Majority Whip in the 2011-2012 session.[1]


Brown earned his B.S. in Agriculture from Montana State University. His professional experience includes working as the owner and farm broadcaster of the Northern Broadcasting System.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Chair
Education and Cultural Resources, Chair
Legislative Administration, Vice Chair


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Brown served on the following committees:


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


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


Government purchasing

During a November 3, 2011 meeting of the Legislative Audit Committee, Brown called for changing how Montana government agencies purchased office supplies. He spoke in support of a performance audit report entitled "Improving Montana’s Office Supply Acquisition Processes" which showed that the state could save $139,000 in six months by switching to vendor direct-delivery system.[2] Under the existing system, all supplies were delivered to a central warehouse run by the government's General Services Division, which charged a 20-percent markup. On September 26, 2012, the state announced it would switch to a vendor direct-delivery system, a change which did not require any new legislation.[3]



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Brown won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana State Senate, District 47. Brown ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Jean Lemire Dahlman (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Montana State Senate, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTaylor Brown Incumbent 70.8% 6,187
     Democratic Jean Lemire Dahlman 29.2% 2,548
Total Votes 8,735


See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Brown won election to the 22nd District Seat in the Montana State Senate, defeating incumbent Lane Larson (D).[6]

Montana State Senate, District 22 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Taylor Brown (R) 5,031
Lane Larson (D) 4,151

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brown is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Brown raised a total of $76,945 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 5, 2013.[7]

Taylor Brown's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 22 Won $5,130
2010 Montana Senate, District 22 Not up for election $0
2008 Montana Senate, District 22 Won $71,815
Grand Total Raised $76,945


Brown won re-election to the Montana State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Brown raised a total of $5,130.
Montana State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Taylor Brown's campaign in 2012
Glacier County Republican Central Committee$350
Wilks, Dan$160
Montalban, Patrick M.$160
Finlayson, Kit$160
Wilks, Joann$160
Total Raised in 2012$5,130
Source: Follow the Money


Brown was not up for election to the Montana State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Brown raised a total of $0.


Brown won election to the Montana State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Brown raised a total of $71,815.


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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."[8]
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.


Brown and his wife, Taylor, have three children.


Equal airtime

Prior to the 2014 primary election, Brown was involved in a controversy between two state House candidates in District 43. As the owner of the Northern Broadcasting System, Brown employed Democratic candidate John Pulasky as an on-air meteorologist. Republican incumbent Clayton Fiscus argued that he was entitled to equal airtime by law because of Pulasky's occupation. Pulasky told the Billings Gazette that he informed Fiscus that Brown would fire him if equal time was demanded, and offered to sign a waiver pledging not to refer to the campaign or Fiscus. Fiscus did not agree to co-sign, instead writing to Brown that he would file a complaint with the FCC if not given equal airtime. Brown then fired Pulasky, saying that he did not want an FCC complaint to affect his network's affiliated stations. During his first senatorial race, Brown himself stepped down from on-air duty.[9]

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Preceded by
Montana State Senate District 22
Succeeded by