|Montana House of Representatives, District 67|
|January 5, 2015 - present|
|January 2, 2019|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Montana House of Representatives, District 63|
|2011 - 2013|
|High school||Bozeman High School, 1972|
|Bachelor's||Montana State University Bozeman, 1982|
|Date of birth||1954|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Burnett earned his B.A. in Agriculture from the Montana State University. His professional experience includes working as the owner and operator of Marathon Seat Covers.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Burnett served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Health and Human Services|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Burnett served on these committees:
From Burnett's campaign website:
"I am excited to serve in the legislature for two reasons. First, to get our fiscal house in order. Government finances are frankly a mess. Second, to create the conditions for a new prosperity. That means getting the incentives right for job creation and business formation, for solid economic growth."
State employee pay increase
Although the legislature had imposed a freeze on pay increases for state employees by rejecting the contracts negotiated between Governor Brian Schweitzer and the unions in 2011, some departments gave their employees raises by using surplus cash from savings under the "broadband plan" option. As reported in Montana Policy Institute's Pig Book, Burnett conducted his own investigation and discovered that a number of workers had received pay hikes due to promotions, longitudinal pay, and pay raises from the broadband plan.
As reported in the Montana Policy Institute's Montana Pig Tales (2012), the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) gave Montana an "F" for online transparency, noting that the state lacked an "online checkbook" for citizens to use to track state spending. The Department of Administration (DOA) worked with Burnett to draft House Bill 444, a bill to increase transparency which was passed by the legislature in 2011. However, the bill did not provide any funding, so Schweitzer vetoed it, saying the $400,000 cost would not be a good use of taxpayer money.
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. Jeannie Brown was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Tom Burnett was unopposed in the Republican primary. Burnett defeated Brown in the general election. Incumbent Gordon Vance (R) ran for District 34 of the Montana State Senate.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 67 General Election, 2014|
Burnett ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 63. Burnett ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and was defeated by incumbent Franke Wilmer (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 63, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Franke Wilmer Incumbent||51%||3,567|
|Republican||Tom Burnett Incumbent||49%||3,425|
On November 2, 2010, Burnett won election to the Montana House of Representatives. Burnett did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. He faced incumbent Jennifer Pomnichowski (D) in the November 2 general election.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 63 General Election (2010)|
|Tom Burnett (R)||2,735|
|Jennifer Pomnichowski (D)||2,664|
In 2010, a year in which Burnett was up for re-election, he collected $34,667 in donations.
His largest contributor in 2010 was:
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Burnett and his wife, Melani, have four children.
- House Site
- Campaign website
- Campaign Facebook page
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- List of candidates for 2010 Montana House of Representatives
- June 8, 2010 primary election results
- Tom Burnett For Montana Legislature House District 63, home page, accessed October 17, 2012
- Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Montana Leadership Team," March 6, 2012
- Montana Policy Institute, Pig Book, 2012, 28
- Charles S. Johnson, Billings Gazette, "Despite pay freeze, some state workers seeing raises," January 28, 2012
- Montana Policy Institute, Montana Pig Book, p. 11
- Montana Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Filing List: Legislative," accessed October 29, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2014 Statewide Primary Election Canvass," accessed June 30, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2012 Legislative General Election Canvass," accessed February 13, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2012 Legislative Primary Election Canvass," accessed February 13, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Montana 2010 - Candidates," accessed April 11, 2014
Gordon Vance (R)
|Montana House of Representatives District 67
| Succeeded by|
Jennifer Pomnichowski (D)
|Montana House of Representatives District 63
| Succeeded by|
Franke Wilmer (D)
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