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Gary Branae
Montana State Senate District 27
Former member
In office
2009 - 2013
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$103.69/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives
2001 - 2009
Bachelor'sMontana State University-Bozeman, 1966
Master'sMontana State University-Billings, 1980
Date of birthMarch 20, 1944
Place of birthBig Timber, MT
ProfessionRetired teacher
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Gary Branae (b. March 20, 1944) is a former Democratic member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 27 from 2009 to 2013.

Branae earned his B.S. from Montana State University, Bozeman, in 1966. He then received his M.S. from Montana State University, Billings, in 1980.

Branae was an educator for Red Lodge Public School from 1966 to 1969. He then worked as a teacher for Puyallup Public School from 1969 to 1972. He was also a teacher/counselor for Billings Public Schools from 1972 to 1999. From 1999 to 2000 he was a counselor for Rocky Mountain College. He was a youth director for the American Lutheran Church from 2001 to 2006.

Branae served in the Montana House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Branae served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Branae served on these committees:



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Branae ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Montana State Senate, District 27. Branae ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and was defeated by Elsie Arntzen (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Montana State Senate, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElsie Arntzen 51.4% 3,414
     Democratic Gary Branae Incumbent 48.6% 3,225
Total Votes 6,639


On November 4, 2008, Branae won election to the 27th District Seat in the Montana State Senate, defeating Jack Sands (R).[3]

Montana State Senate, District 27 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Branae (D) 3,806
Jack Sands (R) 3,405

Campaign donors

In 2008, Branae collected $23,373 in donations.[4]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Yellowstone County Democratic Central Committee $800
Gary Branae $467
Northwestern Energy $160
Daniel Renberg $160
Weston Milliken $160

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Branae and his wife, Linda, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Montana State Senate District 27
Succeeded by
Elsie Arntzen (R)