Austin Knudsen

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Austin Knudsen
Montana House of Representatives, District 34
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Speaker, Montana House of Representatives
2015 - present
Speaker Pro Tempore, Montana House of Representatives
2013 - 2014
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2010
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
High schoolCulbertson High School, 1999
Bachelor'sMontanan State University, 2004
J.D.University of Montana School of Law, 2008
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Campaign website
Austin Knudsen is a Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 34 and serving as State Speaker of the House. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. In the 2013-2014 session, he served as Speaker Pro Tempore. Following the 2014 elections, Knudsen was elected Speaker.[1]


Knudsen earned his B.S. in Sociology and B.A. in Political Science from Montana State University, and his J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law. His professional experience includes working as an attorney at O'Toole Law Firm.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications
State Administration


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


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


Campaign themes


Knudsen's website highlighted themes including expanding natural resource development "while protecting private property and surface interests," and "cutting pointless regulations and bureaucracy."[2]



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. Gene Hartsock was unopposed in the Democratic primary. District 36 incumbent Austin Knudsen was unopposed in the Republican primary. Knudsen defeated Hartsock in the general election. Incumbent Wendy Warburton (R) did not seek re-election.[3][4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 34 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAustin Knudsen Incumbent 76.2% 3,279
     Democratic Gene Hartsock 23.8% 1,022
Total Votes 4,301


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Knudsen won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 36. Knudsen ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Knudsen won election to the Montana House of Representatives. He faced incumbent Julie French (D) in the November 2 general election.[7][8]

Montana House of Representatives, District 36 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Austin Knudsen (R) 2,174
Julie French (D) 1,729

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Knudsen is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Knudsen raised a total of $27,225 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.[9]

Austin Knudsen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 36 Won $4,575
2010 Montana House, District 36 Won $22,650
Grand Total Raised $27,225


Knudsen Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Knudsen raised a total of $4,575.
Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Austin Knudsen's campaign in 2012
Montana Coal Council$160
Wilks, Dan$160
Wilks, Farris$160
Denowh, Charles$160
Knudsen, Elva May$160
Total Raised in 2012$4,575
Source: Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Knudsen was up for election, he collected $22,650 in donations.[10]

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."[11]
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.


Knudsen and his wife, Christie, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Julie French (D)
Montana House of Representatives District 36
Succeeded by