Cliff Larsen

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Clifford Larsen
Montana State Senate District 50
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 6
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$105.31/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
High schoolEmmett High School
Bachelor'sBoise State University
Master'sPortland State University
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Clifford Larsen is a Democratic member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 50 since 2009. Starting in the 2013-2014 session, Larsen serves as a Minority Whip.

Larsen served in the Vietnam War. He has also worked in the following positions: Counselor for Veterans Administration, Educator for the University of Oregon, Commissioner for the Missoula County Airport Authority, Healthcare Administrator, and Educator for Boise State University. He is currently Operator of a Ranch/Farming Enterprise in LaValle Creek.

Larsen was a candidate for the Montana State Senate in 2004.


Campaign themes


Larsen lists the following platform points on his website:[1]

On the economy: Invest in our education system so the next generation can compete Attract new business through small business tax breaks

On veterans: Sponsored and passed the veterans affordable home loan bill to ensure the dream of homeownership. Support job re-entry trainings and programs, job placement partnerships

On conservation: Respect our Constitution’s call to provide a clean and healthful enviornment (sic) for all Montanans. Preserve access for hunters, fischers (sic) and recreational activities

Committee assignments


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Telecommunications
Natural Resources


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


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



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Larsen won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana State Senate, District 50. Larsen ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Niles Brush (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Montana State Senate, District 50, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCliff Larsen Incumbent 60% 5,944
     Republican Niles Brush 40% 3,965
Total Votes 9,909


On November 4, 2008, Larsen won election to the 50th District Seat in the Montana State Senate, defeating Kandi Matthew-Jenkins (C).[4]

Montana State Senate, District 50 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Clifford Larsen (D) 6,693
Kandi Matthew-Jenkins (C) 2,733

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Larsen collected $11,474 in donations.[5]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Clifford Larsen $1,104
Ronald Bender $160
Larry Larsen $160
Glacier PAC $160
Terry Cornwell $160

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Larsen and his wife, Trish, have one child.

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