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Jim Peterson (Montana)

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Jim Peterson
Montana State Senate District 15
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 8
Majority Leader, Montana State Senate
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$105.31/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sMontana State University-Bozeman, 1968
Master'sTexas Agriculture and Mechanical University, 1973
Date of birthJuly 19, 1946
ProfessionOwner/Manager, Farm and Ranching Operation
Office website
Jim Peterson (b. July 19, 1946) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 15.

Peterson served in the Montana State House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007. He has served as the Senate Majority Leader and the President of the Senate.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Peterson served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Education and Cultural Resources, Yes
Fish and Game


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Peterson served on these committees:


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


Business in Montana

Nearly 100 people representing businesses went to Helena to voice their concerns about job growth, business health, and other aspects involving the state and business.

“This is the first time we’ve tried this,” Senate President Peterson said in his opening remarks to one group.

“Everyone in the Legislature realizes the importance of jobs in this state,” Peterson said.

During the meeting, Peterson encouraged audience members to testify on the challenges of doing business in Montana.

Chas Vincent organized the event and said the listening session a success.

“A lot of people drove a long way just to talk for seven minutes,” he said.

Chas Vincent also said there were lessons to be learned from the business representatives' testimonies.

“We need to have a business atmosphere conducive for producing certainty for venture capitalists,” Vincent said. “Those that take the risk for job creation need a business environment with enough certainty to take risks.”

He said the event early enough in the session that lawmakers would have time to have some “bills dropped into the hopper” to address issues mentioned.[2]



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Peterson won election to the Montana State Senate, defeating Dan Teigen. He had no primary opposition.

Montana State Senate, District 15 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Peterson (R) 6,231
Dan Teigen (D) 1,977


On November 7, 2006, Peterson won election to the 15th District Seat in the Montana State Senate, defeating Dan Teigen (D).[3]

Montana State Senate, District 15 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Peterson (R) 6,160
Dan Teigen (D) 2,754

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Peterson was up for re-election, he collected $13,395 in donations.[4]

No contributions to his campaign were over $1,000.


In 2006, Peterson collected $25,375 in donations.[5]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Jim Peterson $290
Virginia Coffee $260
Verna Green $260
Glenn Dobbs $260
Montana Petroleum Marketers Association $260

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