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Robert Roots
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Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, Montana
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMontana State University Billings, Sociology
Master'sRoger Williams University, Criminal Justice
J.D.Roger Williams University School of Law
Ph.D.University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Sociology
ProfessionCriminologist, Professor, Writer
(timed out) Campaign website
Roger Roots was a 2014 Libertarian candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Montana.[1] He ran uncontested for the Libertarian nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[2] He was defeated in the general election.

Roots was previously the 2012 Libertarian candidate for Montana Secretary of State.


Roots' academic credentials include a bachelor's and master's degree as well as a J.D. and Ph.D. As of 2012, he worked as the Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences and criminal justice at the New York Institute of Technology. He received the Grand Prize from The National Lawyers Guild for authoring the article "Permanent Emergency: The Forgotten History of the New Deal Constitution," about the role of law in times of national crisis.[3]


  • B.S., Sociology, Montana State University-Billings (1996)
  • M.S. Criminal Justice, Roger Williams University (1999)
  • J.D. Roger Williams University School of Law (2001)
  • Ph.D, Sociology, University of Nevada-Las Vegas (2004)



See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2014

Roots ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent Montana. Roots ran uncontested for the Libertarian nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, before being defeated by Steve Daines (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Montana General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Daines 57.8% 213,709
     Democratic Amanda Curtis 40.1% 148,184
     Libertarian Roger Roots 2.1% 7,933
Total Votes 369,826
Source: Montana Secretary of State


See also: Montana secretary of state election, 2012

Roots ran for secretary of state as a Libertarian candidate. He faced incumbent Linda McCulloch (D) and Brad Johnson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

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Roots lost the election to the position of Montana Secretary of State in 2012. During that election cycle, Roots raised a total of $100.

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