|U.S. Senate, Montana|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next primary||June 3, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Billings West High School|
|Bachelor's||Montana State University - Billings|
|Service/branch||United States Army, Combat Medic 199th LIB|
Rankin was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the At-Large Congressional District of Montana. Rankin was defeated by Kim Gillan in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012.
Rankin was born in Billings, Montana and graduated from Billings West High School in 1963. He then pursued his bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a major in Biology from Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University at Billings). In 1966, he joined the Peace Corps and taught public health and nutrition in India. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968 and served over 8 months in Vietnam. After an honorable discharge, Rankin worked for several real estate companies in Billings before started his own firm, First Choice Real Estate, in 1983. He has taught biology on a contract basis for teachers on sabbatical at Montana public schools.
Rankin is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent Montana. Rankin is seeking the Independent nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
Rankin ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Montana's at-large House seat. He faced Kim Gillan, Diane Smith, Dave Strohmaier, Rob Stutz, Franke Wilmer and Jason Ward in the Democratic primary. Rankin was defeated by Kim Gillan in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012.
Sam married in 1973 and divorced in 1977 and has a son from that marriage. Sam married Diane Williams of Billings in 1983, and they have two daughters.
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- Ballot Access News, "Sam Rankin Will Attempt to be First Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator on Montana Ballot Since 1936," February 10, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State "Election Results" Accessed June 5, 2012
- Sam Rankin for Congress "Biography" April 18, 2012
- Montana Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"