Douglas Kary

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Douglas Kary
Montana House of Representatives, District 48
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$105.31/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Date of birth12/29/1951
Place of birthDickinson, ND
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Douglas Kary (b. December 29, 1951) is a Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 48 since 2011.

Kary's professional experience includes working as a graphic consultant at Selby's and as a marketing representative at Montana-Dakota Utilities.

Kary earned his associate's degree in business administration from Minot State University in 1985.


Campaign themes


Kary lists the following issues on his website:[1]

Protecting Taxpayers: Montana is facing out-of-control spending and with declining revenues, some are looking for tax increases. You can count on Doug Kary to oppose all attempts to raise taxes or fees on Montana families.

Controlling Spending: Over the past five years Montana government spending has increased by 50% and there are roughly 1,000 new employees in our state government. Doug Kary knows that we must be more accountable to the Taxpayer. The mean wage in Montana is around $23,000. I find it difficult to believe, the fact that out of the 12,000 employees in our state government, 780 make over $100,000 per year and an additional 450 employees make between $90,000 – $100,0000.

Jobs: In order for Montana to compete we must make drastic changes to the way we do business. Doug Kary supports developing our natural resources, oil, natural gas, coal, and other minerals which will create high paying jobs. This in turn will provide revenues for education and other essential services. We must also look at developing alternate energy sources like wind, geothermal, bio-fuels and solar.

Education: Doug Kary understands the need for quality education for our children and grandchildren! We need to provide schools with resources so that they can produce better results within our education system. Montana and our local School Districts need to focus on getting more dollars to the classroom, cut down on the bureaucracy and make sure that we have the best quality teachers working hard to educate our children for the future.

Our Great Outdoors: Growing up hunting, fishing and just getting outdoors to recreate, Doug supports hunting in Montana as it is our heritage. Doug believes that veteran hunters and avid anglers should be on the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission so the interest of sportsmen and women are truly represented. Doug has been a long-time member of the NRA and will support and defend our 2nd Amendment rights against any issues that will restrict or limit the use of firearms.

Conservation: We must all live within our means. Doug believes in saving resources. All resources whether they are natural or man-made, must be utilized to their fullest extent. Human resources need to be used to their fullest extent; we cannot afford to duplicate government services in any way, shape or form.

State bank

In February 2013, Kary introduced House Bill 474, which would create a state-run bank called the Montana Resources Bank. He told the Business & Labor Committee that the bank would "provide the banking services for the state, and use public funds to partner with local banks to assist in local community economic development activities." The Montana Bankers Association countered that existing government entities such as the Board of Investments already served similar functions.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications
Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Vice Chair
State Administration


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



See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kary won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 48. Kary ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Rita Wells (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 48, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDouglas Kary Incumbent 58.8% 2,454
     Democratic Rita Wells 41.2% 1,722
Total Votes 4,176


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Kary won election to the Montana House of Representatives. He faced incumbent Wanda Grinde (D) in the November 2 general election.

Montana House of Representatives, District 48 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Douglas Kary (R) 1,735
Wanda Grinde (D) 1,300

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Kary was up for re-election, he collected $13,980 in donations.[5]

No contributions to his campaign were over $1,000.


Kary and his wife, Paulette, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wanda Grinde (D)
Montana House of Representatives District 48
Succeeded by