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Austin Knudsen
Montana House of Representatives, District 36
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Speaker Pro Tempore, Montana House of Representatives
2013 - present
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
High schoolCulbertson High School, 1999
Bachelor'sMontanan State University, 2004
J.D.University of Montana School of Law, 2008
Office website
Campaign website
Austin Knudsen is a Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 36. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. As of the 2013-2014 session, he serves as Speaker Pro Tempore.


Knudsen earned his B.S. in Sociology and B.A. in Political Science from Montana State University, and his J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law. His professional experience includes working as an attorney at O'Toole Law Firm.

Committee assignments


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications
Legislative Administration, Vice Chair


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


Campaign themes


Knudsen's website highlighted themes including expanding natural resource development "while protecting private property and surface interests," and "cutting pointless regulations and bureaucracy."[1]



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. Rob Knotts was unopposed in the Democratic primary. District 37 incumbent Scott Staffanson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Staffanson defeated Knotts in the general election. Incumbent Mike Lang (R) ran in District 33.[2][3]

Montana House of Representatives, District 35 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Staffanson Incumbent 79.5% 2,612
     Democratic Rob Knotts 20.5% 674
Total Votes 3,286


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Knudsen won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 36. Knudsen ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Knudsen won election to the Montana House of Representatives. He faced incumbent Julie French (D) in the November 2 general election.[6][7]

Montana House of Representatives, District 36 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Austin Knudsen (R) 2,174
Julie French (D) 1,729

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Knudsen is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Knudsen raised a total of $27,225 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.[8]

Austin Knudsen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 36 Won $4,575
2010 Montana House, District 36 Won $22,650
Grand Total Raised $27,225


Knudsen Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Knudsen raised a total of $4,575.
Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Austin Knudsen's campaign in 2012
Montana Coal Council$160
Wilks, Dan$160
Wilks, Farris$160
Denowh, Charles$160
Knudsen, Elva May$160
Total Raised in 2012$4,575
Source: Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Knudsen was up for election, he collected $22,650 in donations.[9]

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


Knudsen and his wife, Christie, have two children.

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Preceded by
Julie French (D)
Montana House of Representatives District 36
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