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Jon Sonju
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Montana State Senate, District 4
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives
2004-2010
Personal
Birthday1975
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification

Jon Sonju (b. 1975) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Sonju did not seek re-election in 2014.

Sonju served as a member of the Montana House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sonju served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs, Chair
Highways and Transportation

2011-2012

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2011
Finance and Claims
Highways and Transportation, Vice Chair
Local Government, Chair
Long-Range Planning

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

On his campaign website,Sonju highlighted the following areas:

  • Jobs & the economy
  • Agriculture
  • Responsible government
  • Energy & natural resources
  • Conservative values
  • Education

Government efficiency

Sonju chaired the Select Committee on Efficiency in Government, a joint committee of six senators and six representatives created by the Montana State Legislature in 2011. In its final report in September 2012, the committee made eight legislative recommendations. The report included proposals to institute and measure the outcomes of a pay-for-performance pilot program for children's Medicaid mental health services. The most financially significant proposal was to reduce the annual funding for pre-authorization reviews for certain Medicaid services from $1.7 million to $185,000. This savings would be obtained by only requiring these reviews, for which Montana contracts with a private company, to be done only as required by federal law, not for additional mental health services. The committee submitted its recommendations to the 63rd Legislature (2013-14) for consideration.[1] The Montana Policy Institute suggested that, if the legislature found that the committee found valuable savings, a similar committee should be formed to continue its work.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Montana, 2014

In July 2013, Sonju announced that he will not seek re-election to the state senate in 2014. He revealed that he will run for Montana's at-large seat in the United States House of Representatives in the event of incumbent Steve Daines (R) running for the United States Senate.[3]

2012

See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Sonju was the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Montana. He ran on a ticket with Rick Hill. They defeated 6 other pairs of candidates in the June 5th primary election.[4]

Hill and Sonju lost in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock and John E. Walsh 48.9% 236,450
     Republican Rick Hill and Jon Sonju 47.3% 228,879
     Libertarian Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy 3.8% 18,160
Total Votes 483,489
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.


Governor/Lt. Governor of Montana, Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Hill & Jon Sonju 34.4% 46,802
Corey Stapleton & Bob Keenan 18.1% 24,661
Ken Miller & Bill Gallagher 18% 24,496
Jim O'Hara & Scott Swingley 12.2% 16,653
Neil Livingstone & Ryan Zinke 8.8% 12,038
Jim Lynch & Al Olszewski 6.1% 8,323
Bob Fanning & Joel Boniek 2.3% 3,087
Total Votes 136,060
Election Results Via:Montana Secretary of State.

2010

See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Sonju won election to the Montana State Senate, defeating Mary Reckin. He defeated Dan Pickar in the June 8 primary by a margin of 1,924-456.[5][6]

Montana State Senate, District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Sonju 67.8% 4,007
     Democratic Mary Reckin 32.2% 1,902
Total Votes 5,909

2008

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Jon Sonju won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives for District 7, receiving 2,937 votes.

Sonju raised $5,202 for his campaign.[7]

Montana House of Representatives, District 7 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Sonju Incumbent 68.4% 2,937
     Democratic Shannon Hanson 31.6% 1,356
Total Votes 4,293

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sonju is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Sonju raised a total of $2,335,448 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 17, 2013.[8]

Jon Sonju's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Lieutenant Governor Defeated $2,316,821
2010 Montana Senate, District 4 Won $0
2008 Montana House, District 7 Won $5,202
2006 Montana House, District 7 Won $9,760
2004 Montana House, District 7 Won $3,665
Grand Total Raised $2,335,448

2012

Sonju lost the election to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Montana in 2012. During that election cycle, Sonju raised a total of $2,316,821.

Sonju was not up for election to the Montana State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sonju raised a total of $0.
Montana State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jon Sonju's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$0
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Sonju won election to the Montana State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Sonju raised a total of $13,106.

2008

Sonju won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Sonju raised a total of $5,202.

2006

Sonju won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Sonju raised a total of $9,760.

2004

Sonju won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Sonju raised a total of $3,665.

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."[9]
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

Sonju and his wife, Tania, have one child.

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Gregory Barkus
Montana Senate District 4
2011–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Montana State House District 7
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Randy Brodehl