|Montana House of Representatives, District 3|
|2011 - Present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||4 terms (8 years)|
|Birthday||May 10, 1943|
|Place of birth||Kalispell, Montana|
O'Neil's professional experience includes working as the following; machinist, mechanic, toolmaker, woodworker, manager at Retail Lumber Company, and owner of Mediator and Independent Paralegal.
O'Neil earned his AA from Flathead Community College.
Schools and guns
On February 4, 2013, O'Neil introduced House Bill 384, allowing students to leave guns locked in their cars on school grounds. He told the House Judiciary Committee that the bill "allows a student in rural Montana to bring a gun to school locked in their car, and perhaps hunt on the way to school or the way home from school." State law calls for a one-year expulsion for students found to have brought a firearm to school, though attorney Debra Silk told the Associated Press that no Montana school had expelled anyone for such a length.
Corporal punishment for offenders
Though such a bill had not been formally introduced as of February 13, 2013, O'Neil was said to be drafting a bill that allowed the option for convicts to accept corporal punishments in lieu of prison time. O'Neil told the Associated Press that his plan could possibly save the state's corrections budget millions of dollars per year. The Montana ACLU countered that although options for decreasing "over-incarceration" and correctional costs needed to be explored, corporal punishment was not one of them.
After his re-election in 2012, O'Neil wrote a letter to the Legislature requesting that his salary be paid in gold, saying that his constituents told him he was not fulfilling his oath to the U.S. Constitution. He told Politico that the Constitution requires that the government to print gold-backed money, saying, "I think we’ve gotten a tremendously long way from [a gold standard]." The state denied this request, saying that the Constitution does not require the payment of state debts with gold and silver coins, and that the state code has no provision for such payment.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Neil served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Local Government|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, O'Neil served on these committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Local Government|
O'Neil won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 3. O'Neil ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Zac Perry (D) and Shawn Guymon (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 3, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Jerry O'Neil Incumbent||51.1%||2,333|
On November 2, 2010 O'Neil won election to the Montana House of Representatives. O'Neil defeated Harm Toren and Sandy Welch in the June 8 primary. He faced Zac Perry (D), Shawn Bailey (C), and Shawn Guymon (I) in the November 2 general election.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 3 General Election (2010)|
|Jerry O'Neil (R)||1,747|
|Zac Perry (D)||1,308|
|Shawn Guymon (I)||286|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which O'Neil ran for election, he collected $9,213 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Montana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jerry O'Neil's campaign in 2010|
|Flathead County Republican Womens Club||$600|
|Stillwater County Republican Central Cmte||$400|
|Flathead County Republican Central Cmte||$200|
|Excellence in Voting||$160|
|Total Raised in 2010||$9,213|
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O'Neil has five children.
- House website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- Associated Press, "Bill would let students leave guns in locked cars," February 10, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- Associated Press, "Pain or prison time? Columbia Falls legislator wants to give inmates the choice," January 31, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- Politico, "Lawmaker asks to be paid in gold," November 13, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- Politico, "Montana tells lawmaker gold is for fools," November 15, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- Montana Secretary of State - 2012 Candidate Filing List
- Montana Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- 2010 campaign contributions
Dee Brown (R)
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