Mike Menahan

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Mike Menahan
Court Information:
Montana 1st Judicial District Court
Title:   Judge
Position:   Dept. 1
Active:   2013-2018
Preceded by:   Dorothy McCarter
Personal History
Hometown:   Montana
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   University of Montana
Law School:   University of Montana School of Law
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Montana 1st Judicial District Court
State:  Montana
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  June 5, 2012
Primary vote:  99.30%ApprovedA
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Election vote:  100%ApprovedA

Mike Menahan is a judge for the 1st District Court in Montana. He was elected without opposition on November 6, 2012 and his term expires in 2018.[1][2]

Menahan is a former Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing the 82nd District from 2009 to 2013.

Judicial elections


Menahan ran unopposed and was elected the 1st District Court. Dorothy McCarter did not run for re-election.[1][2]

See also: Montana judicial elections, 2012


Menahan graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in political science and from the University of Montana School of Law with a J.D.[3]


Before serving on the 1st District Court, Menahan worked as the Lewis and Clark Deputy County Attorney for 17 years.[4]

Political career

Committee assignments


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


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

Political elections


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Menahan won election to the Montana House of Representatives. He did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. Kristi Allen-Gailushas ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Montana House of Representatives, District 82 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Menahan (D) 2,312
Kristi Allen-Gailushas (R) 1,578


On November 4, 2008, Mike Menahan won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 82, receiving 3,115 votes.

Menahan raised $21,443 for his campaign.[5]

Montana House of Representatives, District 82
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Menahan (D) 3,115
Chris Sinrud (R) 1,720

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Menahan was up for re-election, he collected $2,530 in donations.[6]

No contributions to his campaign were over $1,000.

In the news

Supreme court candidate not eligible to run in 2014, Menahan rules

Lawrence VanDyke filed to run for a position on the Montana Supreme Court against incumbent Michael E. Wheat in the November 2014 election. However, on April 25, 2014, Judge Menahan ordered him to be removed from the ballot for failing to meet eligibility requirements.

Montana Supreme Court candidates must be admitted to practice law in the state for at least five years. VanDyke was admitted to practice in Montana in 2005, but went on inactive bar status from 2007 to 2012 while practicing in another state. He regained active status in early 2013. By the time of the November 2014 election, Judge Menahan found, Van Dyke would have only been an active member of the Montana State Bar for a total of three years and three months.[7]

Judge Menahan explained:

Although the parties have cited numerous out-of-state authority to assist in the analysis of the question, this court’s conclusion rests largely upon the plain language of the Montana Constitution and the constitution and by-laws of the State Bar of Montana.[8]

—Judge Mike Menahan[7]

Following the ruling, VanDyke stated:

This case has been brought by Mike Wheat campaign donors to eliminate the competition by lawsuit. We will appeal to the Supreme Court and fully expect Justice Wheat and Chief Justice (Mike) McGrath to recuse themselves since they are both prominent donors to his re-election campaign.[8]

Lawrence VanDyke[9]


Menahan and his wife, Stacy, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Montana House of Representatives District 82
Succeeded by
Jenny Eck (D)