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Derek Skees
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Current candidacy
Running for Montana Public Service Commissioner
Current office
Montana House of Representatives, District 4
In office
2011 - 2013
Term ends
January 5, 2015
PartyRepublican
Compensation
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)
Personal
Place of birthOrlando, Florida
Websites
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 is a candidate for Montana Public Service Commissioner in the 2014 elections.[1]

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

2011-2012

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

Issues

Legislation

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.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Skees is running for election to the office of Montana Public Service Commissioner.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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.[3]

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?’”[4]

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."

2010

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

2012

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

2010

In 2010, a year in which Skees ran for election, he collected $18,045 in donations.[5]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Montana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Derek Skees's campaign in 2010
Stillwater County Republican Central Cmte$400
Flathead County Republican Womens Club$400
Excellence In Voting$320
Thompson, Ray$320
Lopresti, John$320
Total Raised in 2010 $18,045

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Personal

Skees and his wife, Ronalee, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Montana House of Representatives District 4
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Ed Lieser (D)