Betsy Hands

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Betsy Hands
Montana House of Representatives, District 99
Former member
In office
2011 - 2013
State House Minority Caucus Leader
2011 - 2012
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$103.69/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan
Office website
Betsy Hands is a former Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing the 99th District from 2007 to 2013. In the 2011-2012 session, Hands served as the Minority Caucus Leader.[1]

Hands' professional experience includes working at homeWORD and as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Hands earned her B.A. in social science from the University of Michigan.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hands served on these committees:


Soda pop tax

In December 2010, Hands started drafting a bill that would tax soda and other sugary drinks in an attempt to help offset rising state spending on health care. She said such a tax could generate about $100 million according to preliminary revenue estimates.

Hands said it was likely to be collected from distributors instead of retailers, and that the health risk link between soda and obesity and diabetes contributed to rising costs for items like Medicaid and Medicare.

“To be able to offset the cost of that (with a tax on soft drinks) seems like a fair thing,” she said.[2]



See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Hands won election to the Montana House of Representatives. She did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. Brian David Barnett ran for the seat on the Democratic ticket and Kandi Matthew-Jenkins ran for the Constitution Party. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Montana House of Representatives, District 99 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Betsy Hands (D) 1,946
Brian David Barnett (R) 1,168
Kandi Matthew-Jenkins (C) 290


On November 4, 2008 Betsy Hands won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 99 receiving 4,026 votes.

Hands raised $4,638 for her campaign.[3]

Montana House of Representatives, District 99
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Betsy Hands (D) 4,026
Jedediah Delmeire Cox (R) 1,512

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Hands was up for re-election, she collected $1,215 in donations.[4]

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

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Preceded by
Montana House of Representatives District 99
Succeeded by
Kimberly Dudik (D)