Fred Thomas

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Fred Thomas
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Montana State Senate, District 45
Incumbent
In office
January 7, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$105.31/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Montana State Senate
1997 - 2005
Montana House of Representatives
1985 - 1993
Education
Bachelor'sMontana State University, 1981
Personal
BirthdayJune 27, 1958
Place of birthStevensville, Montana
ProfessionInsurance agent
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Fred Thomas (born June 27, 1958) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Thomas served in the Senate previously from 1997 to 2005 (during which time he spent four years as Majority Leader), and the Montana House of Representatives from 1985 to 2003.

Biography

Thomas earned his B.S. in Business and Finance from Montana State University in 1981. His professional experience includes working as a certified insurance counselor, and the branch manager of Western States Insurance Agency's locations in Hamilton and Stevensville.[1][2][3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Fish and Game
Public Health, Welfare and Safety
Rules
Taxation, Vice Chair

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Thomas' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Creating Real Jobs

  • "Fred understands that Montanans want jobs created by their communities, not their congressman."
  • "Fred will work to create the business climate we need to attract and keep long-lasting jobs in Montana."

Developing Montana’s Natural Resources

  • "Fred believes Montanans have a right to benefit from our state’s natural resources. Developing our resources will boost our economy, create jobs, and help fund our state budget."
  • "Fred believes we should harvest Montana’s wind, timber, coal, oil, and natural gas. In developing our natural resources, we can protect and profit."

Limited Government

  • "Fred knows the best way to put Montanans back to work is to get the government out of the way."
  • "Fred will bring fiscal sanity back to Helena by cutting spending and getting our fiscal house in order."

Election history

2012

See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Thomas won election in the 2012 election for Montana State Senate, District 45. Thomas defeated Gary MacLaren in the June 5 primary election and defeated Dan Metully (D) and Rob McCoy (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Montana State Senate, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFred Thomas 58.3% 6,509
     Democratic Dan Metully 33.8% 3,772
     Libertarian Rob McCoy 7.9% 883
Total Votes 11,164
Montana State Senate, District 45 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred Thomas 58.2% 2,310
Gary MacLaren 41.8% 1,656
Total Votes 3,966

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thomas is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, Thomas raised a total of $150,805 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 7, 2013.[7]

Fred Thomas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 45 Won $26,498
2004 Montana Senate, District 31 Not up for election $0
2000 Montana Senate, District 31 Won $15,917
1996 Montana Senate, District 31 Won $10,232
1992 Montana Auditor Won $93,265
1990 Montana House, District 62 Won $4,893
Grand Total Raised $150,805

2012

Thomas won election to the Montana State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Thomas raised a total of $26,498.
Montana State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Fred Thomas's campaign in 2012
Thomas, Fred$573
Ravalli County Republican Women's Club$400
Ravalli County Republican Central Committee$400
Fricke, Charles$320
Siebel, Judith$320
Total Raised in 2012$26,498
Source:Follow the Money

2004

Thomas Montana State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Thomas raised a total of $0.

2000

Thomas Montana State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Thomas raised a total of $15,917.

1996

Thomas Montana State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Thomas raised a total of $10,232.

1992

Thomas Montana Auditor in 1992. During that election cycle, Thomas raised a total of $93,265.

1990

Thomas won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 1990. During that election cycle, Thomas raised a total of $4,893.

Personal

Thomas and his wife, Suzie, have three sons. He served one term as the president of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Shockley (R)
Montana State Senate District 45
2013–present
Succeeded by
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