Denny Rehberg

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Denny Rehberg
Denny Rehberg.jpg
U.S. House, Montana, At-large
Former member
In office
January 3, 2001-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2000
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
Campaign website
Denny Rehberg campaign logo
Dennis R. "Denny" Rehberg (b. October 5, 1955) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Montana. Rehberg represented Montana's At-Large Congressional District from 2001 to 2013.

Rehberg ran for U.S. Senate in 2012. He defeated challenger Dennis Teske in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012, but was defeated in the general election by incumbent Jon Tester (D).[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rehberg was 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 served 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


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Rehberg voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Lobbying position after leaving office

Rehberg was listed in March 2013 by USA Today as 1 of 16 former lawmakers who took on a lobbying related position after leaving office.[7] Sixteen of the 98 total lawmakers who have retired or were ousted by voters since January 2011 hold lobbying-related jobs.[7] USA Today looked at lawmakers who retired, resigned or lost their seats in the last Congress — along with the handful who left their posts during the first months of the new Congress.[7]

Despite rules in place to prevent the constant rotation of lawmakers into lobbying positions, many former lawmakers are entering into positions with either lobbying firms or trade associations.[7] Former House members are barred from lobbying their former colleagues for a year, and former senators are barred for two years.[7]

There are no restrictions, however, on providing behind-the-scenes advice to corporations and others seeking to shape federal legislation.[7] Ex-lawmakers can immediately lobby the executive branch and officials in state and local governments.[7] Many former lawmakers are taking advantage of this slight distinction, and are taking positions after their political careers end as consultants and strategists.[7]



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Montana, 2014

Rehberg was considering a run for his old House seat in 2014. In January 2014, he announced he would not be seeking election in 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[8][9]


See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2012

Rehberg ran for U.S. Senate in 2012.[10] He defeated Dennis Teske in the Republican primary.[11] He was defeated by 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 eight races in the Senate in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[12] The article ranks Tester's current Senate seat as the toss-up seat most likely to change hands in the 2012 elections.[12] The article points out that one reason for this is the fact that incumbent Jon Tester is a slight underdog against challenger Rehnberg[12]

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."[13][14]

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Dan Cox took in over 12,500 more votes than the number that separated Tester and Rehberg.[15]

General election

U.S. Senate, Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJon Tester Incumbent 48.6% 236,123
     Republican Denny Rehberg 44.9% 218,051
     Libertarian Dan Cox 6.6% 31,892
Total Votes 486,066

Republican Primary

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).[16]

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

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Rehberg lost the U.S. Senate election in 2012. During that election cycle, Rehberg's campaign committee raised a total of $9,560,983 and spent $9,526,859.[17]

Out-of-state donations

According to an Open Secrets report, Rehberg ranked among the top ten senate candidates receiving out-of-state donations during the 2012 election cycle. He received $4,288,512, or 78.6%, of his donations from outside of Montana.[18]


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.[19]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rehberg paid his congressional staff a total of $983,633 in 2011. Overall, Montana ranked 15th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Rehberg's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-2,152,987 to $12,129,996, which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[21]

Political Analysis

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Rehberg was ranked the 172nd most conservative representative during 2012.[22]


According to the data released in 2012, Denny Rehberg was ranked the 197th most conservative representative during 2011.[23]

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.[24]

Recent news

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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.[25]

External links


  1. Montana Secretary of State, "Elections Results" accessed June 5, 2012
  2. GovTrack, "Rehberg" accessed May 15, 2012
  3. Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, "Biography"
  4. Rehberg Senate, "About Denny"
  5. Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, "Committees"
  6. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 USA Today "Former lawmakers lobbying jobs" accessed March 27, 2013
  8. The Hill, "Rehberg eyes bid for former House seat," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. The Hill, "Ex-Rep. Rehberg won't run for his old seat," accessed January 14, 2014
  10. Huffington Post Jon Tester vs. Denny Rehberg: Montana Senate Election Heats Up Ahead Of 2012," July 2, 2011
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named elections
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Center for Politics, "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" accessed April 9, 2012
  13. Politico, "DSCC buys nearly $3 million in fall time for Tester race" May 7, 2012
  14. Montana Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  15. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  17. Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013
  18. OpenSecrets, "More than 60 Lawmakers Relied Mostly on Out-of-State Money," May 7, 2013
  19. Open Secrets, "Denny Rehberg 2010 Election Data," accessed November 12, 2011
  20. LegiStorm, "Denny Rehberg," accessed October 8, 2012
  21. OpenSecrets, "Denny Rehberg (R-Mont), 2010," accessed October 8, 2012
  22. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  25. Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Hill
U.S. House of Representatives - Montana At-large District
Succeeded by
Steve Daines
Preceded by
Allen Kolstad
Montana Lieutenant Governor
Succeeded by
Judy Martz
Preceded by
Montana House of Representatives
Succeeded by