Jesse O'Hara

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Jesse O'Hara
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Montana House of Representatives, District 18
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Montana, Missoula, 1966
Master'sMontana State University, Billings, 1975
Military service
Service/branchNational Guard/United States Army Reserve
Years of service10
Personal
BirthdayNovember 15, 1943
Place of birthLarimore, North Dakota
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Jesse O'Hara (b. November 15, 1943) is a Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. O'Hara did not seek re-election in 2014.

Biography

O'Hara earned his B.A. from the University of Montana-Missoula in 1966, and his M.A. from Montana State University-Billings in 1975. He is also certified as a school superintendent.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Hara served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications, Vice Chair
Legislative Administration
State Administration

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, O'Hara served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, O'Hara served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

When asked by KRTV in Great Falls what the top issue for his district was, O'Hara responded, "If we get our economy rolling a little bit more...and I think we're in a better state than most because of our oil and gas and our natural resources. Coal has got some big potential, if we don't damage that. I think the economy and jobs is number one and I think most people would agree with that."[2]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jesse O'Hara endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

Elections

2012

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

O'Hara won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 18. O'Hara defeated Randy Pinocci in the June 5 primary election and defeated Colter McCarty (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Montana House of Representatives, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJesse O'Hara Incumbent 66.1% 3,412
     Democratic Colter McCarty 33.9% 1,752
Total Votes 5,164

2010

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, O'Hara won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives. He did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.

2008

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Jesse O'Hara won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 18, receiving 3,516 votes.

O'Hara raised $17,105 for his campaign.[6]

Montana House of Representatives, District 18, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJesse O'Hara Incumbent 67.1% 3,516
     Democratic Laura McGee 32.9% 1,722
Total Votes 5,238

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for O'Hara is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, O'Hara raised a total of $74,603 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.[7]

Jesse O'Hara's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 18 Won $24,284
2010 Montana House, District 18 Won $0
2008 Montana House, District 18 Won $17,105
2006 Montana House, District 18 Won $17,017
2000 Montana Senate, District 25 Defeated $3,629
1996 Montana Senate, District 25 Defeated $5,162
1990 Montana Senate, District 20 Defeated $7,406
Grand Total Raised $74,603

2012

O'Hara won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, O'Hara raised a total of $19,030.
Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jesse O'Hara's campaign in 2012
Hagan, Roger A.$5,975
Erdmann, Renee$160
White, Dennis D.$160
Pondera County Republican Central Committee$160
Simons, William H.$160
Total Raised in 2012$19,030
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which O'Hara was up for re-election, he did not collect any money in donations. O'Hara ran unchallenged in both the primary and general elections.[8]

2008

In 2008, a year in which O'Hara was up for re-election, he collected $17,105 in donations. His general election opponent, Laura McGee, raised $2,889 in donations.[9]

His largest contributors in 2008 were:

Montana House of Representatives 2008 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jesse O'Hara's campaign in 2008
Holman, H L$320
Erck, Ruby$320
Taylor, Bemma$320
Lee, Linda A$200
Wahlert, Lynne$195
Total Raised in 2008 $17,105


2006

In 2006, a year in which O'Hara won election to House District 18, he collected $17,017 in donations. His general election opponent, Geannine Rapp, raised $20,340 in donations. Owen Robinson raised $17,628 in donations, losing to O'Hara in the primary election.[10]

His largest contributors in 2006 were:

Montana House of Representatives 2006 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jesse O'Hara's campaign in 2006
Palagi, Kenneth C$260
Himmelberg, William$200
Olson, Richard K$200
Kudrna, Jonathan$150
Morin, James$150
Total Raised in 2006 $17,017

2000

In 2000, a year in which O'Hara ran for election to Senate District 25, he collected $3,629 in donations. His opponent, John Cobb, raised $10,640 in donations, defeating O'Hara in the primary election.[11]

His largest contributors in 2000 were:

Montana State Senate 2000 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jesse O'Hara's campaign in 2000
Ohara, Jesse$1,919
Montana Right To Life Association$100
Vidal, James$100
Mcmenamy, Joseph W$100
Tierney, Gregory S$100
Total Raised in 2000 $3,629

1996

In 1996, a year in which O'Hara ran for election to Senate District 25, he collected $5,162 in donations. His opponent, Kenneth Mesaros, raised $14,699 in donations, defeating O'Hara in the primary election.[12]

His largest contributors in 1996 were:

1990

In 1990, a year in which O'Hara ran for election to Senate District 20, he collected $7,406 in donations. His opponent, Steve Doherty, raised $10,839 in donations, defeating O'Hara in the general election.[13]

His largest contributors in 1990 were:

Scorecards

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2013

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."[14]
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.

Personal

O'Hara and his wife, Julie, have two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Montana House of Representatives District 18
2007–present
Succeeded by
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