Chuck Hunter

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Chuck Hunter
Montana House of Representatives, District 79
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 5
Minority Leader, Montana House of Representatives
2013 - present
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
ProfessionSmall business owner
Office website
Chuck Hunter is a Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 79. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Starting in the 2013-2014 session, Hunter serves as Minority Leader. Hunter served as a Minority Whip in the 2011-2012 session.[1]


Hunter earned a master's degree in education. His professional experience includes working as a small business owner.

Committee assignments


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Business and Labor


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


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


Campaign themes


Hunter's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Improve access and make health care more affordable for all Montanans
  • Expand community health programs
  • Cover more of Montana’s kids
  • Reduce the number of uninsured Montanans
  • Support Montana’s public health system in preventing disease, promoting health and saving health care dollars.

Public Education

  • Adequately fund public schools for the long-term in all Montana communities
  • Hire and retain skilled teachers
  • Expand educational opportunities for our children

Make State Government More Effective

  • Support our state employees
  • Provide tools for effective management
  • Stimulate creativity and innovation
  • Implement good business practices

Seniors and Retirees

  • Make sure seniors have access to, and keep quality care
  • Provide more options for new community-based care
  • Plan for the aging of Montana’s population



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. District 79 incumbent Chuck Hunter was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election. Incumbent Wylie Galt (R) did not seek re-election.[3][4]


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hunter won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 79. Hunter ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Mark Diaz (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Montana House of Representatives, District 79, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChuck Hunter Incumbent 62.1% 3,027
     Republican Mark Diaz 37.9% 1,850
Total Votes 4,877


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Hunter won election to the Montana House of Representatives. He did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. Robert Ferguson ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[7][8]


On November 4, 2008, Hunter won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 79, receiving 2,822 votes.

Hunter raised $12,755 for his campaign.[9]

Montana House of Representatives, District 79
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Chuck Hunter (D) 2,822
John Forbes (R) 1,879
Neil Templeton (I) 229

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hunter is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Hunter raised a total of $46,883 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[10]

Chuck Hunter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 79 Won $16,008
2010 Montana House, District 79 Won $18,120
2008 Montana House, District 79 Won $12,755
Grand Total Raised $46,883


Hunter won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hunter raised a total of $16,008.
Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chuck Hunter's campaign in 2012
Hunter, Charles$2,000
Carlson, Linda S.$160
Bogumill, Paul$160
Montana Independent Bankers Association$160
Harper, Rusty$160
Total Raised in 2012$16,008
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Hunter was up for re-election, he collected $18,120 in donations.[11] Hunter provided $5,000, the largest single contribution, to his own campaign. No other contributions 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."[12]
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.


Hunter is married and has four children.

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