John Brenden

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John Brenden
Montana State Senate District 18
In office
1993 - 1995, 2009 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position (current service)5
Years in position (previous service)2
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$105.31/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Bachelor'sConcordia College, 1963
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Campaign website
John Brenden is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 18 since 2009.

Brenden earned his BA in Political Science/Philosophy from Concordia College in 1963. He also attended the University of Montana in 1963. He attended Graduate Studies at Adams State College from 1963 to 1964 and at Pacific Lutheran University from 1964 to 1965.

Brenden was owner/operator of Scobey/Plentywood/Sidney/Williston from 1968 to 1988. He is currently owner/operator of Brenden Farms in Scobey, Montana. He is also a Real Estate Agent.

Brenden was Chairman of the Montana Republican Party from 1983 to 1987. He was a Montana Council Member for the Governor's Office on the Northwest Power Planning Council from 1989 to 1993. He previously served in the Montana State Senate from 1993 to 1995.

Committee assignments


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance and Claims
Fish and Game, Chair
Natural Resources, Vice Chair
Natural Resources and Transportation


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


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



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Brenden won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana State Senate, District 47. Brenden ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Julie E. French (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Montana State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Brenden Incumbent 60.5% 5,476
     Democratic Julie French 39.5% 3,572
Total Votes 9,048


On November 4, 2008, Brenden won election to the 18th District Seat in the Montana State Senate, defeating Shirley Baumgartner (D).[3]

Montana State Senate, District 18 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Brenden (R) 4,736
Shirley Baumgartner (D) 4,369

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Brenden collected $46,340 in donations.[4]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
John Brenden $6,240
Sheridan County Republican Central Committee $500
Valley County Republican Central Committee $400
Montana Republican Party $320
Qwest Communications $320

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Brenden and his wife, Carol, have three children.

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Montana State Senate District 18
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