Denny Rehberg

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Denny Rehberg
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U.S. House, Montana, At-large
In office
January 3, 2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 14
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Montana
Montana House of Representatives
Bachelor'sWashington State University
Date of birthOctober 5, 1955
Place of birthBillings, Montana
ProfessionRancher, Political staffer
Office website
Campaign website
Dennis R. "Denny" Rehberg (b. October 5, 1955) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Montana. Rehberg was elected by voters from Montana's at-large congressional district. Rehberg defeated challenger Dennis Teske in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rehberg is a "moderate Republican leader".[2]


Rehberg was born in Billings, Montana. He studied at Montana State University from 1973-1974 but finished his B.A. at Washington State University in 1977.[3]


Rehberg is a fifth generation Montana cattle rancher and small business owner. After he graduated from Washington State University he went to work in the Montana State Legislature as an intern, and later worked as a legislative assistant for Montana Congressman Ron Marlenee.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rehberg serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service, and Education (Chairman)
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    • Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch


Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Denny Rehberg voted with the Republican Party 90.1% of the time, which ranked 188th among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[6]



See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2012

Rehberg is running for U.S. Senate in 2012.[7] He defeated Dennis Teske in the Republican primary.[8] He will face Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in the November general election.

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the Senate in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[9] The article ranks Tester's current Senate seat as the toss-up seat most likely to change hands in the 2012 elections.[9] The article points out that one reason for this is the fact that incumbent Jon Tester is a slight underdog against challenger Rehnberg[9]

On May 4, 2012, [1] reported that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had purchased nearly $3 million in Montana broadcast time from late August through the November general election to help re-elect Tester. According to Politico, "the DSCC's early commitment to fall spending in the race indicates a level of confidence in the Democrat against a less-examined challenger. Given the map of seats the Democrats need to win to maintain the majority, the DSCC clearly thinks Tester is a wise investment." [10][11]

U.S. Senate-Montana Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDenny Rehberg 76.2% 105,632
Dennis Teske 23.8% 33,079
Total Votes 138,711


On November 2, 2010, Rehberg was re-elected to the United States House for a sixth term. He defeated Dennis McDonald (D), and Mike Fellows (Libertarian).[12]

United States House, Montana General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDenny Rehberg Incumbent 60.4% 217,696
     Democratic Dennis McDonald 33.8% 121,954
     Libertarian Mike Fellows 5.7% 20,691
Total Votes 360,341

Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Montana, debates Democratic challenger Dennis McDonald in Bozeman at a Montana Newspaper Association event.[13]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Rehberg's reports.[14]

Denny Rehberg (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]March 31, 2012$2,075,148.29$1,199,868.01$(540,860.46)$2,734,155.84
July Quarterly[16]June 30, 2012$2,609,430.71$759,760.07$(658,460.03)$2,710,730.75
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Rehberg's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Rehberg was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a sixth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,384,402 and spent $1,400,364.[17]

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Denny has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jan, for over 30 years. They have three children, A.J., Katie and Elsie. They live outside of Billings, Montana.[18]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Hill
U.S. House of Representatives - Montana At-large District
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Allen Kolstad
Montana Lieutenant Governor
Succeeded by
Judy Martz
Preceded by
Montana House of Representatives
Succeeded by