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Dick Barrett
Montana State Senate, District 47
In office
2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits8 years in a 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives, District 93
2009 - 2013
Bachelor'sSwarthmore College, 1964
Ph.D.University of Wisconsin, 1972
Date of birthJuly 23, 1942
Place of birthOpland, California
Office website
Campaign website
Richard "Dick" Barrett (b. July 23, 1942) is a Democratic member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 47. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Barrett served in the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 93 from 2009 to 2013.


Barrett earned his B.A. in Economics from Swathmore College in 1964, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. His professional experience includes volunteering in the Peace Corps from 1964 to 1966.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Barrett served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Highways and Transportation
Local Government


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Barrett served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Barrett served on the following committees:



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Barrett won election in the 2012 election for Montana State Senate, District 47. Barrett ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Fred Carl (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Montana State Senate, District 47, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDick Barrett 65.5% 6,676
     Republican Fred Carl 34.5% 3,517
Total Votes 10,193


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Barrett won election to the Montana House of Representatives. He did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary and no one filed to run against him in the general election. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[3][4]


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Dick Barrett won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 93, receiving 4,003 votes.

Barrett raised $15,075 for his campaign.[5]

Montana House of Representatives, District 93
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dick Barrett (D) 4,003
Steve Dogiakos (R) 1,832

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barrett is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Barrett raised a total of $28,424 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 7, 2013.[6]

Dick Barrett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 47 Won $12,184
2010 Montana Senate, District 93 Not up for election $1,165
2008 Montana Senate, District 93 Won $15,075
Grand Total Raised $28,424


Barrett won election to the Montana State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Barrett raised a total of $12,184.
Montana State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dick Barrett's campaign in 2012
United Transportation Union$160
Roberts, Thomas$160
Richards, Lindsay$160
Grennan, Jessica$160
Winston, Don$160
Total Raised in 2012$12,184
Source: Follow the Money


Barrett was not up for election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Barrett raised a total of $1,165.


Barrett won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Barrett raised a total of $15,075.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Montana

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 7 to April 27.

Legislators are scored on "hotlisted bills that represent a portfolio of priority conservation and environmental issues."[7]
Legislators are scored on bills of importance to a state teachers' union.
Legislators are scored on issues of importance to a public interest advocacy group based at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Legislators are scored on bills relating to property rights.


Barret and his wife, Sharon, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Erickson (D)
Montana State Senate District 47
2013- present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Montana House of Representatives District 93
Succeeded by
Douglas Coffin (D)