John Brenden

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John Brenden
Montana State Senate, District 17
In office
1993 - 1995, 2009 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position (current service)6
Years in position (previous service)2
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Bachelor'sConcordia College, 1963
ProfessionBusiness Owner
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Campaign website
John Brenden is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Brenden previously served in the Montana State Senate from 1993 to 1995. He was Chairman of the Montana Republican Party from 1983 to 1987, and a Montana Council Member for the Governor's Office on the Northwest Power Planning Council from 1989 to 1993.


Brenden attended the University of Montana, and earned his B.A. in political science and Philosophy from Concordia College in 1963. He also enrolled in graduate studies at Adams State College from 1963 to 1964, and Pacific Lutheran University from 1964 to 1965.

His professional experience includes working as owner/operator of Scobey/Plentywood/Sidney/Williston from 1968 to 1988, owner/operator of Brenden Farms, and as a real estate agent.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Committees, Chair
Finance and Claims
Fish and Game, Chair
Natural Resources
Natural Resources and Transportation, Vice Chair


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


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


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



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Brenden won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana State Senate, District 47. Brenden ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Julie E. French (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Montana State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Brenden Incumbent 60.5% 5,476
     Democratic Julie French 39.5% 3,572
Total Votes 9,048


See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Brenden won election to the 18th District Seat in the Montana State Senate, defeating Shirley Baumgartner (D).[3]

Montana State Senate, District 18 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Brenden (R) 4,736
Shirley Baumgartner (D) 4,369

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brenden is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Brenden raised a total of $128,741 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 5, 2013.[4]

John Brenden's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 18 Won $82,401
2010 Montana Senate, District 18 Not up for election $0
2008 Montana Senate, District 18 Won $46,340
Grand Total Raised $128,741


Brenden won re-election to the Montana State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Brenden raised a total of $82,401.


Brenden was not up for election to the Montana State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Brenden raised a total of $0.


Brenden won election to the Montana State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Brenden raised a total of $46,340.


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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."[5]
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.


Brenden and his wife, Carol, have three children.

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Preceded by
Montana State Senate District 18
Succeeded by