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Jeff Essmann
Montana State Senate, District 28
Assumed office
Current term ends
January 3, 2015
Political party Republican
Profession Business Owner
Website Senate website
Jeff Essmann (b. June 29, 1952) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 28. Essmann currently serves as the Majority Leader.

Essmann earned his BS in Industrial Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1974. He went on to receive his JD 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. He then joined the Montana State Senate in 2005. He has served in that position since, representing the 28th district.

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 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).[1]

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 2006, Essmann collected $40,445 in donations.[2]

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


Essmann has a wife, Sherry.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Montana Senate District 28
Succeeded by