Keith Bales

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Keith Bales
Montana State Senate District 20
Former member
Term in office began
2003 (District 1), 2007 (DIstrict 20)
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Keith Bales (b. March 15, 1944) is a former Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 20 from 2007 to 2011. State term limits disqualified him from re-election in 2010.

Bales earned his BS in Agriculture Production from Montana State University-Bozeman in 1967.

Bales served as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1968. In 1969 he served as 1st Lieutenant in Vietnam. He was a Platoon Leader in the United States Army, in Vietnam, from 1968 to 1970. He worked as Vice President for Bales Ranch Incorporated from 1970 to 1990. He has been President of Bales Ranch Incorporated since then.

Bales served in the Montana State House of Representatives from 2001 to 2003. He has also served on the Powder River Republican Central Committee since 1988. He joined the Montana State Senate in 2003. He has served in that position since, representing the 20th district.

Committee assignments


On November 7, 2006, Bales won re-election to the 20th District Seat in the Montana State Senate unopposed.[1]

Montana State Senate, District 20 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Keith Bales (R) 6,365

Campaign donors

In 2006, Bales collected $6,220 in donations.[2]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
MDU Resources Group $260
Montana Petroleum Association $130
Jamie Byrne $130
Citigroup $130
Plum Creek Timber Company $130


Bales and his wife, Christl, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Montana Senate District 20
Succeeded by
Frederick "Eric" Moore