|Montana State Senate District 4|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||8 years in any 16-year period|
|Montana House of Representatives|
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.
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:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Transportation, Chair|
Hill and Sonju lost in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Montana General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Steve 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|
|Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.|
|Governor/Lt. Governor of Montana, Republican Primary, 2012|
|Rick 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|
|Election Results Via:Montana Secretary of State.|
On their campaign website, Hill and Sonju highlighted the following areas:
- Jobs & the economy
- Responsible government
- Energy & natural resources
- Conservative values
- See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010
|Montana State Senate, District 4 General Election, 2010|
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.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 7 General Election, 2008|
|Republican||Jon Sonju Incumbent||68.4%||2,937|
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.
|Lieutenant Governor of Montana 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jon Sonju's campaign in 2012|
|Montana Republican Party||$512,845|
|Vendor Media Ad Ventures||$60,000|
|Richard (Rick) Hill||$31,678|
|David A. Sabey||$2,260|
|Total Raised in 2012||$2,316,821|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, a year in which Sonju was up for re-election, he collected $13,106 in donations.
No contributions to his campaign were over $1,000.
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. 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.
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Sonju and his wife, Tania, have one child.
- Montana State Senate Website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Official campaign website (Rick Hill for Governor)
- Hill and Sonju's campaign page on Facebook
- Hill and Sonju's campaign on Twitter
- Hill and Sonju's campaign channel on YouTube
- Associated Press, "Montana primary election, unofficial results," accessed June 6, 2012
- 2008 Follow the Money's report on Jon's 2008 campaign contributions
- 2010 campaign contributions
- Final Report of the Select Committee on Efficiency in Government, September 2012
- Montana Policy Institute, Montana Pig Book, p. 37-38
|Montana Senate District 4
| Succeeded by|
|Montana State House District 7
| Succeeded by|