Virginia Court

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Virginia Court
Current candidacy
Running for Montana House of Representatives, District 50
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Montana House of Representatives, District 52
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sMontana State University
ProfessionSmall business owner
Office website
Campaign website
Virginia Court is a Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 52. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Court earned her B.S. in Biology from Montana State University.

Committee assignments


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Legislative Administration
Natural Resources, Vice Chair


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2011
Business and Labor
Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
Natural Resources


Campaign themes


Court's website highlighted the following campaign themese:[1]

I have and will continue to support and push for legislation that supports a sound economy, a good education system, and clean water and air. I believe small businesses serve as the backbone of our state’s economy by creating and providing jobs. I started and operated a successful small business in Montana for 25 years. I know firsthand what it takes to keep this vital segment of our economy strong and growing. My business experience is needed at the state legislature to make the tough decisions to get our Montana economy moving again.



See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014, and a general election will take 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. District 52 incumbent Virginia Court was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Tom Richmond defeated Aaron Langford in the Republican primary. Court faces Richmond in the general election. Incumbent Dennis Lenz (R) is running in District 48.[2]

Montana House of Representatives, District 50 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Richmond 63.1% 560
Aaron Langford 36.9% 328
Total Votes 888


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Court won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 52. Court ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Kassidy Olson (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia Court Incumbent 61.8% 2,122
     Republican Kassidy Olson 38.2% 1,313
Total Votes 3,435


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Court won election to the Montana House of Representatives. Court had no opposition in the primary. She faced Bruce Reierson (R) in the November 2 general election.[5][6]

Montana House of Representatives, District 52 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Virginia Court (D) 1,403
Bruce Reierson (R) 1,255

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Court is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Court raised a total of $39,297 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.[7]

Virginia Court's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 52 Won $15,478
2010 Montana House, District 52 Won $23,819
Grand Total Raised $39,297


Court won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Court raised a total of $15,478.
Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Virginia Court's campaign in 2012
Yellowstone County Democratic Central Committee$800
Sample, Joseph S.$160
Sullivan, Michael$160
Erickson, Ronald$160
Billings Fire Fighters Local 521$160
Total Raised in 2012$15,478
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Court was up for election, she collected $23,819 in donations.[8]

No contributions to his campaign were over $1,000.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Montana

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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."[9]
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.


Court and her husband, Jim, have five children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Arlene Becker (D)
Montana House of Representatives District 52
Succeeded by