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Chas Vincent

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Chas Vincent
Montana State Senate, District 1
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Majority Whip, Montana State Senate
2011 - 2012
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana State House of Representatives
Office website
Chas Vincent (b. 1977) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He served as a Majority Whip in the 2011-2012 session.


Vincent earned his B.S. in political science from the University of Montana, and attended the School of Forestry at Oregon State University. His professional experience includes working as a logger.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Fish and Game
Natural Resources, Chair


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


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


Business in Montana

In January 2011, nearly 100 people representing businesses went to Helena to voice their concerns about job growth, business health, and other aspects involving the state and business.

“This is the first time we’ve tried this,” Senate President Jim Peterson said in his opening remarks to one group.

“Everyone in the Legislature realizes the importance of jobs in this state,” Peterson said. During the meeting, Peterson encouraged audience members to testify on the challenges of doing business in Montana.

Vincent organized the event and called the listening session a success. “A lot of people drove a long way just to talk for seven minutes,” he said. Vincent also said there were lessons to be learned from the business representatives' testimonies. “We need to have a business atmosphere conducive for producing certainty for venture capitalists,” Vincent said. “Those that take the risk for job creation need a business environment with enough certainty to take risks.”

Vincent said the event was held early enough in the session that lawmakers would have time to have some “bills dropped into the hopper” to address issues mentioned.[2]



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana State Senate 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 major party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Terence Gill was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Chas Vincent was unopposed in the Republican primary. Vincent defeated Gill in the general election.[3][4]

Montana State Senate, District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChas Vincent Incumbent 77% 5,583
     Democratic Terence Gill 23% 1,666
Total Votes 7,249


See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Vincent won election to the Montana State Senate. He defeated Rhoda Cargill in the June 8 primary by a margin of 2,658-966. He did not have any opposition in the general election.[5][6]


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Chas Vincent won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 2, receiving 3,242 votes.

Vincent raised $9,155 for his campaign.[7]

Montana House of Representatives, District 2
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Chas Vincent (R) 3,242
Timothy Linehan (D) 1,656

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Vincent is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Vincent raised a total of $28,290 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 17, 2013.[8]

Chas Vincent's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 1 Not up for election $0
2010 Montana Senate, District 1 Won $11,580
2008 Montana House, District 2 Won $9,155
2006 Montana House, District 2 Won $7,555
Grand Total Raised $28,290


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


Vincent won election to the Montana State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Vincent raised a total of $11,580.


Vincent won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Vincent raised a total of $9,155.


Vincent won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Vincent raised a total of $7,555.


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.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Aubyn Curtiss (R)
Montana Senate District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Montana State House District 2
Succeeded by
Mike Cuffe (R)