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Jon Sonju
Montana State Senate District 4
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$105.31/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives
Date of birth1975
Office website

Jon Sonju (b. 1975) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate and was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Montana in the 2012 elections. In the Senate, he has represented District 4 since 2011. He previously served as a member of the Montana House of Representatives from 2005-2011.

Committee assignments


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs, Chair
Highways and Transportation


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2011
Finance and Claims
Highways and Transportation, Vice Chair
Local Government, Chair
Long-Range Planning


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



See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Sonju was the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Montana. He ran on a ticket with Rick Hill. They defeated 6 other pairs of candidates in the June 5th primary election.[1]

Hill and Sonju lost in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock and John E. Walsh 48.9% 236,450
     Republican Rick Hill and Jon Sonju 47.3% 228,879
     Libertarian Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy 3.8% 18,160
Total Votes 483,489
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Governor/Lt. Governor of Montana, Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Hill & Jon Sonju 34.4% 46,802
Corey Stapleton & Bob Keenan 18.1% 24,661
Ken Miller & Bill Gallagher 18% 24,496
Jim O'Hara & Scott Swingley 12.2% 16,653
Neil Livingstone & Ryan Zinke 8.8% 12,038
Jim Lynch & Al Olszewski 6.1% 8,323
Bob Fanning & Joel Boniek 2.3% 3,087
Total Votes 136,060
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.


On their campaign website, Hill and Sonju highlighted the following areas:

  • Jobs & the economy
  • Agriculture
  • Responsible government
  • Energy & natural resources
  • Conservative values
  • Education


See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Sonju won election to the Montana State Senate, defeating Mary Reckin. He defeated Dan Pickar in the June 8 primary by a margin of 1,924-456.

Montana State Senate, District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Sonju 67.8% 4,007
     Democratic Mary Reckin 32.2% 1,902
Total Votes 5,909


On November 4, 2008 Jon Sonju won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives for District 7, receiving 2,937 votes.

Sonju raised $5,202 for his campaign.[2]

Montana House of Representatives, District 7 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Sonju Incumbent 68.4% 2,937
     Democratic Shannon Hanson 31.6% 1,356
Total Votes 4,293

Campaign donors


Sonju lost the election to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Montana in 2012. During that election cycle, Sonju raised a total of $2,316,821.


In 2010, a year in which Sonju was up for re-election, he collected $13,106 in donations.[3]

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


Government efficiency

Sonju chaired the Select Committee on Efficiency in Government, a joint committee of six senators and six representatives created by the Montana State Legislature in 2011. In its final report in September 2012, the committee made eight legislative recommendations. The report included proposals to institute and measure the outcomes of a pay-for-performance pilot program for children's Medicaid mental health services. The most financially significant proposal was to reduce the annual funding for pre-authorization reviews for certain Medicaid services from $1.7 million to $185,000. This savings would be obtained by only requiring these reviews, for which Montana contracts with a private company, to be done only as required by federal law, not for additional mental health services. The committee submitted its recommendations to the 63rd Legislature (2013-14) for consideration.[4] The The Montana Policy Institute suggested that, if the legislature finds that the committee found valuable savings, a similar committee should be formed to continue its work.[5]

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Sonju and his wife, Tania, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gregory Barkus
Montana Senate District 4
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Montana State House District 7
Succeeded by
Randy Brodehl