Douglas Kary

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Doug Kary
Montana State Senate, District 22
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2019
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives, District 48
2011 - 2015
Date of birthDecember 29, 1951
Place of birthDickinson, North Dakota
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Douglas "Doug" Kary (b. December 29, 1951) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Kary served in the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 48 from 2011 to 2015.


Kary earned his associate degree in Business Administration from Minot State University in 1985. His professional experience includes working as a graphic consultant at Selby's and as a marketing representative at Montana-Dakota Utilities.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation
Business, Labor and Economic Affairs
Education and Cultural Resources


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


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


Campaign themes


Kary's website highlighted the following campaign issues:[1]

Protecting Taxpayers: Montana is facing out-of-control spending and with declining revenues, some are looking for tax increases. You can count on Doug Kary to oppose all attempts to raise taxes or fees on Montana families.

Controlling Spending: Over the past five years Montana government spending has increased by 50% and there are roughly 1,000 new employees in our state government. Doug Kary knows that we must be more accountable to the Taxpayer. The mean wage in Montana is around $23,000. I find it difficult to believe, the fact that out of the 12,000 employees in our state government, 780 make over $100,000 per year and an additional 450 employees make between $90,000 – $100,0000.

Jobs: In order for Montana to compete we must make drastic changes to the way we do business. Doug Kary supports developing our natural resources, oil, natural gas, coal, and other minerals which will create high paying jobs. This in turn will provide revenues for education and other essential services. We must also look at developing alternate energy sources like wind, geothermal, bio-fuels and solar.

Education: Doug Kary understands the need for quality education for our children and grandchildren! We need to provide schools with resources so that they can produce better results within our education system. Montana and our local School Districts need to focus on getting more dollars to the classroom, cut down on the bureaucracy and make sure that we have the best quality teachers working hard to educate our children for the future.

Our Great Outdoors: Growing up hunting, fishing and just getting outdoors to recreate, Doug supports hunting in Montana as it is our heritage. Doug believes that veteran hunters and avid anglers should be on the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission so the interest of sportsmen and women are truly represented. Doug has been a long-time member of the NRA and will support and defend our 2nd Amendment rights against any issues that will restrict or limit the use of firearms.

Conservation: We must all live within our means. Doug believes in saving resources. All resources whether they are natural or man-made, must be utilized to their fullest extent. Human resources need to be used to their fullest extent; we cannot afford to duplicate government services in any way, shape or form.

State bank

In February 2013, Kary introduced House Bill 474 (timed out), which would create a state-run bank called the Montana Resources Bank. He told the Business & Labor Committee that the bank would "provide the banking services for the state, and use public funds to partner with local banks to assist in local community economic development activities." The Montana Bankers Association countered that existing government entities such as the Board of Investments already served similar functions.[2] The bill was tabled in the Business and Labor Committee and not picked up again before the end of the 2013 session.[3]



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. Steven Fugate was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Doug Kary was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kary defeated Fugate in the general election. Incumbent Taylor Brown (R), who was not up for re-election, was reassigned to District 28 by redistricting.[4][5]

Montana State Senate, District 22 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Kary 64.3% 4,106
     Democratic Steven Fugate 35.7% 2,280
Total Votes 6,386


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kary won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 48. Kary ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Rita Wells (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Montana House of Representatives, District 48, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDouglas Kary Incumbent 58.8% 2,454
     Democratic Rita Wells 41.2% 1,722
Total Votes 4,176


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Kary won election to the Montana House of Representatives. He faced incumbent Wanda Grinde (D) in the November 2 general election.[8][9]

Montana House of Representatives, District 48 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Douglas Kary (R) 1,735
Wanda Grinde (D) 1,300

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kary is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Kary raised a total of $32,522 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.[10]

Douglas Kary's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 48 Won $8,525
2010 Montana House, District 48 Won $13,980
2008 Montana House, District 48 Defeated $10,017
Grand Total Raised $32,522


Kary won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kary raised a total of $8,525.


In 2010, a year in which Kary was up for re-election, he collected $13,980 in donations.[11]

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."[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.


Kary and his wife, Paulette, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Montana State Senate District 22
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wanda Grinde (D)
Montana House of Representatives District 48
Succeeded by