Derek Skees

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Derek Skees
Montana House of Representatives, District 4
Former member
In office
2011 - 2013
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$103.69/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Place of birthOrlando, Florida
Office website
Campaign website
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Derek Skees is a former Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 4 from 2011 to 2013.

Skees' professional experience includes working as the following; vice president at Roger Porch Construction Incorporated, manager of United Parcel Service, and small construction business owner.

Skees earned his AA from Seminole Community College.

Committee assignments


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



Teacher tenure

In 2011, Wyoming and Montana started working on bills that would end teacher tenure. Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho all shared heavily-Republican legislatures in the 2011 session. Anti-tenure ideas came from Republicans in Wyoming and Montana, raising the question about whether a similar plan could come to the Idaho.

Rep. Skees said he “want(s) to make tenure basically illegal in the state of Montana."

"Any environment that legalizes bad behavior needs to be removed, and I think tenure legalizes bad behavior,” said Skees.

The Skees’ plan would not have only included K-12 public school teachers, but university professors as well.[1]



See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Skees ran for Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, State Auditor in 2012. He was unopposed in the June 5 Republican primary and lost to Democratic incumbent Monica Lindeen in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMonica Lindeen Incumbent 53.5% 248,447
     Republican Derek Skees 46.5% 215,743
Total Votes 464,190
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Montana Auditor Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Skees 100% 105,110
Total Votes 105,110
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Issue positions

A major issue of the 2012 campaign was implementation of the Affordable Care Act, referred to as "Obamacare." Skees said if elected he would work to repeal the law, stating “The vast majority of Montanans are against Obamacare; I am anti-Obamacare. Every time she comes out and says she’s for Obamacare, and (she’s) going to implement it, Montanans are going to say, `That’s horrible – who’s running against her?’”[3]

Skees' campaign website for State Auditor listed the states the following:

Excerpt: "My goal will always be to leave the citizens of this state more free than when I took office. I will be a tireless advocate of Tax and government waste reduction. We must treat the current financial crisis as free market advocates and work to reduce the governments spending so that we don’t have to raise taxes. We must hold sacred the Property Rights of each citizen and work to turn back the clock on the erosion of those unalienable rights. State law should guarantee that the security of the individual is assured by his firearms and not the power of the police state."

He added, "Montana needs men and women for this session of congress that can make the tough decisions we need them to make. No new taxes, accountability in spending and budget reduction measures and policies that make job growth in the private sector a reality. We can recover from this and we can provide a future for ourselves that will be back to the prosperity we want, and we can only do this through the polling stations in this year’s election."


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Skees won election to the Montana House of Representatives. Skees defeated Damon Pace and Bill Geisse in the June 8 primary. He faced Will Hammerquist (D) in the November 2 general election.

Montana House of Representatives, District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Skees 51.1% 1,944
     Democratic Will Hammerquist 48.9% 1,859
Total Votes 3,803

Campaign donors


Skees lost the election to the position of Montana Auditor in 2012. During that election cycle, Skees raised a total of $44,997.


In 2010, a year in which Skees ran for election, he collected $18,045 in donations.[4]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

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Skees and his wife, Ronalee, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Montana House of Representatives District 4
Succeeded by
Ed Lieser (D)