|Montana State Senate District 28|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||9|
|President of the Senate|
|2013 - present|
|State House Majority Leader|
|2011 - 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||8 years in any 16-year period|
|Montana State House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Illinois Institute of Technology, 1974|
|J.D.||University of Montana, 1977|
|Birthday||June 29, 1952|
|Place of birth||Billings, MT|
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Essmann served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Energy and Telecommunications|
|• Finance and Claims|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Essmann served on these committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Education and Cultural Resources|
|• Energy and Telecommunications|
|• Public Health, Welfare, and Safety|
|• Rules, Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Essmann served on these committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Local Government|
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
|Montana State Senate, District 28 General election (2010)|
|Jeff Essmann (R)||5,906|
|Russell Doty (D)||2,898|
|Montana State Senate, District 28 (2006)|
|Jeff Essmann (R)||7,091|
|Rayla Romain (D)||2,841|
In 2010, a year in which Essmann was up for re-election, he collected $33,894 in donations.
His largest contributor in 2010 was:
In 2006, Essmann collected $40,445 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2006 were:
|Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee||$1,050|
As reported in the Montana Policy Institute's Montana Pig Tales (2012), Essmann supported efforts to create a comprehensive list of all tax-exempt properties in Montana. As of 2012, there were 11,034 properties which had been granted tax exemptions since the state was granted authority to do so in 1981, in addition to the large number of properties which had been granted tax exemptions by Montana's counties from the state's independence in 1889 until 1981. A bill to create a list of all such properties and verify the validity of their exemptions died in the interim Revenue and Transportation Committee in September 2012 amid objections from the Department of Revenue about the bill's potential expense in DOR time and resources. Essmann told the Montana Policy Institute that he intended to introduce a bill to pilot a review of tax-exempt properties in one or two counties in 2013, although he had not yet done so as of March 6, 2013.
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Essmann has a wife, Sherry.
- Jeff Essmann's official campaign website
- Jeff Essmann's official Montana State Senate website
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006
- KXLH.com, "Essman ends run or Governor of MT," January 27, 2012
- Montana Secretary of State - 2006 General Election Results
- 2010 campaign contributions
- 2006 contributions to Jeff Essmann
- Montana Policy Institute, Montana Pig Book, p. 39
- Bill search for bills with Essmann as primary sponsor, last accessed March 6, 2013
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