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Joe Balyeat

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Joe Balyeat
Montana State Senate District 34
Former officeholder
In office
2005-June 6, 2012
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$103.69/day
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
First elected2004
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Montana, 1978
Date of birthOctober 26, 1956
Place of birthGreat Falls, MT
ReligionChristian Reformed
Office website
Joe Balyeat (b. October 26, 1956) was a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 34 from 2005 until his resignation on June 6, 2012.[1]

Balyeat earned his B.S. from the University of Montana in 1978.

Balyeat was Chair of Montanans For Better Government from 1998 to 2000. He has worked as a Certified Public Accountant from 1978 to the present. He has also been an author since 1990 and Director of Montana Shooting Sports Association since 1998.

Balyeat was Chief Spokesman for the CI-75 Tax Limitation Campaign in 1998. He served in the Montana State House of Representatives from 2001 to 2005. He joined the Montana State Senate in 2005, serving until June 6, 2012, when he resigned to focus more on activism. He is the state director of Americans for Prosperity.[2]

Committee assignments


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


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



On November 4, 2008, Balyeat won re-election to the 34th District Seat in the Montana State Senate unopposed.[3]

Montana State Senate, District 34 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Balyeat (R) 8,386

Campaign donors

In 2008, Balyeat collected $5,600 in donations.[4]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Montana Association of Realtors $160
Greg Gianforte $160
Montana Contractors Association $160
PPL Corp $160
Susan Gianforte $160

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Balyeat and his wife, Linda Lee, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Montana Senate District 34
2005–June 6, 2012
Succeeded by
Scott Sales (R)