Tom Burnett

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Tom Burnett
Montana House of Representatives, District 67
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2019
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives, District 63
2011 - 2013
High schoolBozeman High School, 1972
Bachelor'sMontana State University Bozeman, 1982
Date of birth1954
Office website
Campaign website
Tom Burnett is a Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 67. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014. Previously, Burnett represented District 63 in the Montana House from 2011 to 2013.


Burnett earned his B.A. in Agriculture from the Montana State University. His professional experience includes working as the owner and operator of Marathon Seat Covers.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Health and Human Services


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


Campaign themes


From Burnett's campaign website:[1]

"I am excited to serve in the legislature for two reasons. First, to get our fiscal house in order. Government finances are frankly a mess. Second, to create the conditions for a new prosperity. That means getting the incentives right for job creation and business formation, for solid economic growth."

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Tom Burnett endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

State employee pay increase

Although the legislature had imposed a freeze on pay increases for state employees by rejecting the contracts negotiated between Governor Brian Schweitzer and the unions in 2011, some departments gave their employees raises by using surplus cash from savings under the "broadband plan" option. As reported in Montana Policy Institute's Pig Book, Burnett conducted his own investigation and discovered that a number of workers had received pay hikes due to promotions, longitudinal pay, and pay raises from the broadband plan.[3][4]


As reported in the Montana Policy Institute's Montana Pig Tales (2012), the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) gave Montana an "F" for online transparency, noting that the state lacked an "online checkbook" for citizens to use to track state spending. The Department of Administration (DOA) worked with Burnett to draft House Bill 444, a bill to increase transparency which was passed by the legislature in 2011. However, the bill did not provide any funding, so Schweitzer vetoed it, saying the $400,000 cost would not be a good use of taxpayer money.[5]



See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Jeannie Brown was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Tom Burnett was unopposed in the Republican primary. Burnett defeated Brown in the general election. Incumbent Gordon Vance (R) ran for District 34 of the Montana State Senate.[6][7]

Montana House of Representatives, District 67 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Burnett 67.7% 2,151
     Democratic Jeannie Brown 32.3% 1,027
Total Votes 3,178


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Burnett ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 63. Burnett ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and was defeated by incumbent Franke Wilmer (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Montana House of Representatives, District 63, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFranke Wilmer Incumbent 51% 3,567
     Republican Tom Burnett Incumbent 49% 3,425
Total Votes 6,992


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Burnett won election to the Montana House of Representatives. Burnett did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. He faced incumbent Jennifer Pomnichowski (D) in the November 2 general election.

Montana House of Representatives, District 63 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Burnett (R) 2,735
Jennifer Pomnichowski (D) 2,664

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Burnett was up for re-election, he collected $34,667 in donations.[10]

His largest contributor in 2010 was:

Donor Amount
Tom Burnett $1,000


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Burnett and his wife, Melani, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gordon Vance (R)
Montana House of Representatives District 67
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jennifer Pomnichowski (D)
Montana House of Representatives District 63
Succeeded by
Franke Wilmer (D)