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Art Wittich
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Montana State Senate, District 35
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Leader, Montana State Senate
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Education
Bachelor'sUtah State University, 1982
J.D.University of Montana, 1985
Personal
BirthdayDecember 25, 1957
Place of birthMiami, Florida
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Art Wittich (b. December 25, 1957) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Starting in the 2013-2014 session, Wittich serves as Majority Leader.

Biography

Wittich earned his B.S. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Utah State University in 1982, and his J.D. from the University of Montana in 1985.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Public Health, Welfare and Safety
Rules, Chair
Taxation

2011-2012

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

Elections

2010

See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Wittich won election to the Montana State Senate, defeating Diane Elliot. Wittich defeated Shawn Moran, Dave Ponte, and Bruce Samson in the primary.[1][2]

Montana State Senate, District 35 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Art Wittich (R) 6,625
Diane Elliot (D) 2,962

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wittich is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Wittich raised a total of $58,556 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 7, 2013.[3]

Art Wittich's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 35 Not up for election $0
2010 Montana Senate, District 35 Won $21,970
2006 Montana Senate, District 32 Defeated $36,586
Grand Total Raised $58,556

2012

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

2010

Wittich won election to the Montana State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Wittich raised a total of $21,970.

2006

Wittich lost the election for the Montana State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Wittich raised a total of $36,586.

Personal

Wittich and his wife, Candace, have two children.

Controversies

Civil action

In May 2014, Jonathan Motl (D), the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, filed a civil action against Wittich and eight other Republican candidates who ran in the 2010 elections. Wittich is accused of coordinating with and taking illegal corporate donations from American Tradition Partnership, a conservative advocacy group then known as Western Tradition Partnership. (State law bans a corporation from spending money to support or oppose candidates or parties.) Should the claim be upheld in court, Wittich could be removed from his Senate seat and barred from running in the 2014 election. Wittich responded with a counterclaim accusing Motl of participating in a conspiracy with former commissioner Jim Murry, state Sen. Bruce Tutvedt (R), and 20 others to have him ousted.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gary Perry
Montana Senate District 35
2011–present
Succeeded by
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