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Jeff Essmann
Montana State Senate District 28
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 10
State House Majority Leader
2011 - 2012
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$103.69/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sIllinois Institute of Technology, 1974
J.D.University of Montana, 1977
Date of birthJune 29, 1952
Place of birthBillings, MT
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
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Jeff Essmann (b. June 29, 1952) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 28. Essmann served as the Majority Leader in the 2011-2012 session. He was briefly a candidate for Governor of Montana in the 2012 elections, but withdrew from the race before the primary election, citing a lack of funds and a desire for a united Republican party.[1]

Essmann earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1974. He went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Montana in 1977.

Essmann has been an attorney for the following firms: Lyraugh and Fitzgerald from 1977 to 1979, The Montana Power Company from 1979 to 1981, and Sandall and Cavan Law Firm in 1981. He was also owner/manager of Valet Today Cleaners from 1982 to 2006. He has also been owner/manager for Esstech Limited Liability Corporation from 1985 to the present.

Essmann was a delegate at the Republican National Convention in 1996. He then worked as a Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 69 Poly Drive School from 1982 to 1998. He also served as Chair on the Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee from 1995 to 1999. He was appointed to the Montana State House of Representatives in 2004.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Essmann has been appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Essmann served on these committees:



See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Essman had initially declared his intention to run for Governor of Montana in 2012, but withdrew from the race months before the June 5th primary election.


See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Essmann won election to the Montana State Senate, defeating Russell Doty. He had no primary opposition.

Montana State Senate, District 28 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Essmann (R) 5,906
Russell Doty (D) 2,898


On November 7, 2006, Essmann won re-election to the 28th District Seat in the Montana State Senate, defeating Rayla Romain (D).[2]

Montana State Senate, District 28 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Essmann (R) 7,091
Rayla Romain (D) 2,841

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Essmann was up for re-election, he collected $33,894 in donations.[3]

His largest contributor in 2010 was:

Donor Amount
Jeff Essman $1,050


In 2006, Essmann collected $40,445 in donations.[4]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Jeff Essmann $24,000
Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee $1,050
Nelly Carlson $260
Mark Staples $230
Joel Long $230

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Essmann has a wife, Sherry.

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