Jerry O'Neil

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Jerry O'Neil
Montana House of Representatives, District 3
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$105.31/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Date of birthMay 10, 1943
Place of birthKalispell, Montana
Office website
Jerry O'Neil (b. May 10, 1943) is a Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives He has represented District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


O'Neil earned his A.A. from Flathead Community College. His professional experience includes working as a machinist, mechanic, toolmaker, woodworker, manager at Retail Lumber Company, and owner of Mediator and Independent Paralegal.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Neil served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Local Government


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." At the time, state law called 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.[1] On third reading, the bill was rejected by a vote of 45-53, and died in process as the 2013 session concluded.[2]

Corporal punishment for offenders

Though such a bill had not been formally introduced by the conclusion of the 2013 session, O'Neil was said to be drafting legislation 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.[3][4]


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 did not require the payment of state debts with gold and silver coins, and that the state code had no provision for such payment.[5][6]

Election history


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[7][8]

Montana House of Representatives, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJerry O'Neil Incumbent 51.1% 2,333
     Democratic Zac Perry 43.7% 1,996
     Libertarian Shawn Guymon 5.1% 235
Total Votes 4,564


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

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)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jerry O'Neil (R) 1,747
Zac Perry (D) 1,308
Shawn Guymon (I) 286

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for O'Neil is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, O'Neil raised a total of $31,680 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.[9]

Jerry O'Neil's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Senate, District 3 Won $3,280
2010 Montana House, District 3 Won $9,213
2006 Montana Senate, District 3 Not up for election $0
2004 Montana Senate, District 3 Won $14,837
2000 Montana Senate, District 42 Won $4,350
Grand Total Raised $31,680


O'Neil won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, O'Neil raised a total of $3,280.
Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jerry O'Neil's campaign in 2012
O'Neil, Jerry$1,660
Flathead County Republican Central Committee$800
Thompson, Raymond$160
Excellence in Voting$160
Osmundson, Ryan$160
Total Raised in 2012$3,280
Source:Follow the Money


O'Neil won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, O'Neil raised a total of $9,213.


O'Neil has five children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dee Brown (R)
Montana House of Representatives District 3
Succeeded by