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Dave Strohmaier
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Montana, at-large District
Prior offices
Missoula City Councilman
Campaign website
Dave Strohmaier was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the At-Large Congressional District of Montana. Strohmaier was defeated by Kim Gillan in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012.[1]
Dave Strohmaier for Congress campaign logo.


Strohmaier works at Historical Research, Associates, Inc., where he specializes in the history of the American West. He earned his bachelor's degree in religion from Seattle Pacific University. He then obtained master's degrees in theology from Yale Divinity School and in fire ecology and writing from the University of Montana. He is a Missoula city councilman. [2]



See also: Montana's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

Strohmaier ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Montana's at-large District. He faced Kim Gillan, Diane Smith, Jason Ward, Rob Stutz, Franke Wilmer and Sam Rankin in the June 5, 2012 Democratic primary. Strophmaier was defeated by Kim Gillan in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012.[1][3]

Montana's At-large Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKim Gillan 31% 25,077
Diane Smith 15.6% 12,618
Dave Strohmaier 14.1% 11,366
Rob Stutz 3.2% 2,586
Franke Wilmer 18.4% 14,836
Sam Rankin 11.6% 9,382
Jason Ward 6.1% 4,959
Total Votes 80,824


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Strohmaier lists seven issues. They are:[4]

  • Agriculture
  • On his website, Strohmaier says, "We can be our own market, and then expand regionally, and in so doing put people to work. We should also enhance our capacity to grow our own agricultural fuels, which makes good practical, economic, and environmental sense."
  • Conservation
  • On his website, Strohmaier says, "For the survival and prosperity of future Montanans, we must embrace an ethic of conservation—be it pursuing and bringing green energy jobs to Montana, supporting our farmers and protecting prime agricultural soils, using energy smarter and minimizing waste, and standing up to large corporate interests that are quick to turn a buck and just as quick to leave Montana a mess to clean up. As your congressman, I’ll work every day to ensure that Montana remains the crown of the continent."
  • Economic Prosperity
  • On his website, Strohmaier says, "A big part of investing in the people of Montana means recognizing organized labor is a critical component of this nation’s economy. In Congress, I’ll work to ensure that hard fought battles to secure worker rights are remembered and respected."
  • Foreign Policy
  • On his website, Strohmaier says, "America sets the stage for how our planet lives together; how we get along. This type of unequaled power demands that we also maintain our presence with character and by sharing the values that have made us a great nation. We lead by example. We lift up our values of equal rights, liberty, freedom, justice, economic opportunity, and empowerment within a foreign policy that brings other nations to share our quest for a “more perfect union.”"
  • Indian Country
  • On his website, Strohmaier says, "Montana is Indian Country. As a historian, I know the consequences of Manifest Destiny and allotment policy on Native cultures and peoples of Montana and the West. As your congressman, I’ll work tirelessly to ensure that the federal government respects the government-to-government relationship between tribes and the United States, and honors the trust responsibility to Indian tribes in Montana."
  • Veterans and Military Personnel
  • On his website, Strohmaier says, "The American military lives with a pledge; to leave no one behind on the battlefield. Once they come home, it must be our pledge to leave no Veteran behind. That is my pledge. And, as Congressman, it will be my pledge."
  • Women
  • On his website, Strohmaier says, "We must build on our successes and work to create a marketplace where fairness rules. I believe in equal pay for equal work for Montana women." [4]


Strohmaier has two children with his wife, Gretchen. They live in Missoula, MT.[5]

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