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Jonathan McNiven
Montana House of Representatives, District 44
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 elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sArizona State University
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Jonathan McNiven is a Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


McNiven earned his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University. His professional experience includes working as the owner of McNiven Enterprises.

Committee assignments


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Business and Labor
Ethics, Vice Chair
Local Government


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, McNiven served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


McNiven's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Better Economy/Better Jobs
I support efforts to create a business climate that will encourage existing businesses and industries to expand their research, development and job force. A reduction in taxes and bureaucratic red tape will stimulate growth in all aspects of our economy resulting in more and higher paying jobs for Montana.
Less Spending/Lower Taxes
There is too much spending and waste in our government. The average income of the citizens of Montana is not keeping pace with the increases in government spending. Too much of our income is spent on property and income taxes and it is time for relief. We should be able to choose how we spend more of our money and government should be spending less time trying to redistribute the wealth of Montana.
Quality Education
Our children need to be prepared to compete in a very technical world and to do that, a quality education must be available. Adequate funding for education, competent teachers and up-to-date equipment and facilities are necessary to accomplish this.
Affordable Health Care
Everyone should have access to basic health care at a reasonable cost. Too many Montanans are denied that access either due to unaffordable insurance premiums, preexisting health conditions that prevent them from obtaining insurance and overall heathcare costs that are just too high. Healthcare costs must become more competitive.
Lower Energy Costs/Responsible Development
The cost of heating and lighting our homes and obtaining fuel for cars, trucks and farm equipment is causing too much of a strain on our family, business and government budgets. We need to have a comprehensive plan and then execute that plan to continue to develop our natural resources, find and develop new sources of energy and maintain a quality environment.
Traditional Family Values
Strong families are as important today as they were yesterday and will continue to be important in the future if we are to thrive and even survive. Our children are our greatest resource and we need to use our talent, creativity and resources to make sure they inherit a Montana that is even better than the one we live in today. We need to do all that we can to protect the values that will keep our families strong.

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jonathan McNiven endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Election history


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

McNiven won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 44. McNiven ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Wallace Yovetich (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 44, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJonathan McNiven Incumbent 61.5% 2,567
     Democratic Wallace Yovetich 38.5% 1,605
Total Votes 4,172


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 McNiven won election to the Montana House of Representatives. McNiven did not have any opposition in June 8 primary. He faced Don Reed (D) in the November 2 general election.

Montana House of Representatives, District 44 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jonathan McNiven (R) 1,946
Don Reed (D) 1,165

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McNiven is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, McNiven raised a total of $24,010 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.[5]

Jonathan McNiven's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 44 Won $8,500
2010 Montana House, District 44 Won $15,510
Grand Total Raised $24,010


McNiven won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McNiven raised a total of $8,500.
Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jonathan McNiven's campaign in 2012
Yellowstone County Republican Women's Club$800
Wilks, Staci$160
Priest, Jason$160
Taylor, Mark R.$160
Wilks, Joann$160
Total Raised in 2012$8,500
Source: Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which McNiven was up for re-election, he collected $15,510 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Montana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jonathan McNiven's campaign in 2010
Stillwater County Republican Central Cmte$500
Yellowstone County Republican Central Cmte$300
Ballard, David W$160
Gustafson, Michael$160
Mcniven, Wendy$160
Total Raised in 2010 $15,510


McNiven and his wife, Tania, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Glaser (R)
Montana House of Representatives District 44
Succeeded by