Kim Gillan

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Kim Gillan
Montana State Senate District 24
Former member
In office
2005 - 2013
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$103.69/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana State House of Representatives
1997 - 2003
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-Los Angeles, 1973
Master'sCornell University, 1975
Date of birthDecember 10, 1951
Place of birthEl Cerrito, CA
Office website
Campaign website
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Kim Gillan (b. December 10, 1951) is a former Democratic member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 24 from 2005 to 2013. She served as Senate Minority Whip. She ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Montana's at-large District.

Gillan earned her BA in Psychology from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1973. She went on to receive her MRP in Resource Planning from Cornell University in 1975. She then attended Weber State and George Washington University in 1980.

Gillan was a Planner of a Energy Research & Development Agency from 1975 to 1977. She then worked as an Analyst for the Energy Office of the State of Texas from 1977 to 1979. From 1979 to 1981 she was a Management Consultant for a Resource Planning Association. Gillan then worked as a Senior Planner for National Energy Resources Company from 1981 to 1984. She was also a Business Consultant/Grant Writer from 1984 to 1986. She has been Coordinator of Workforce Development for Montana State University, Billings, since 2005.

Gillan served in the Montana State House of Representatives from 1997 to 2003.

Kim Gillan for Congress campaign logo.


Campaign themes


On her campaign website, Gillan lists eight issues. They are:[1]

  • Creating jobs by supporting small businesses
  • On her website, Gillan says, "A hallmark of Kim’s legislative career has been her support for small business. Whether pushing for small business tax relief so they can create jobs or promoting a worker training program so that businesses can compete, Kim knows that small businesses have always been the engine of economic growth for Montana and for America."
  • Strengthening education to ensure a well trained workforce
  • On her website, Gillan says, "Kim Gillan first took an interest in public service while serving on the Billings PTA. She saw then how “one size fits all” approaches hurt Montana schools. It was this experience that led her to run for public office. After six terms in office, Kim is more convinced than ever that the key to Montana’s long-term economic success is a well-educated, well-trained workforce."
  • Utilizing Montana energy to build a new economy
  • On her website, Gillan says, "Energy has long been instrumental in heating our homes and fueling our automobiles. But now is the time for Montana to harness the tremendous potential of clean energy as a way to create jobs and build a 21rst century economy."
  • Preserving Montana's outdoors heritage
  • On her website, Gillan says, "Montana’s unique quality of life is what makes our state a special place to live, work, and raise a family. Protecting that quality of life and preserving clean air and water has always been a major focus for Kim, in both the legislature and through her work in the community."
  • A leader for women and children
  • On her website, Gillan says, "As both a legislator and leader in the Democratic Party, Kim has led many fights against extreme efforts to that would defund sex education and overturn local ordinances against discrimination. She has always been a strong supporter of equal pay for equal work and a woman's right to choose."
  • Supporting our seniors
  • On her website, Gillan says, "Kim Gillan believes that as a nation we owe the Greatest Generation more than just our gratitude. Kim is committed to upholding the promises we have made to Montana seniors by protecting Medicare."
  • Defending tribal sovereignty
  • On her website, Gillan says, "Montana’s Native American Tribes play an important role in Montana’s and the nation’s economic future. It is critical to not only respect Tribal sovereignty and self determination, but to make sure that Tribal representatives be included in decision making at all levels."
  • Standing up for children with autism
  • On her website, Gillan says, "Over the past decade study after study showed an increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism. While the diagnosis of autism was on the rise, access to autism treatment lagged behind for far too many Montana families. At a time when Montana families needed a champion, Kim Gillan stepped up to the task." [1]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Montana's at-large congressional district elections, 2012

Gillan ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Montana's at-large District. She won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[2] She defeated Jason Ward, Diane Smith, Dave Strohmaier, Rob Stutz, Franke Wilmer and Sam Rankin in the June 5, 2012 Democratic primary.[3][2][4] Gillan was defeated by Republican candidate Steve Daines in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

General election

U.S. House, Montana, At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kim Gillan 42.7% 204,939
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Daines 53.3% 255,468
     Libertarian David Kaiser 4% 19,333
Total Votes 479,740
Source: Montana Secretary of State "2012 Election Center"

Democratic Primary

Montana's At-large Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKim Gillan 31% 25,077
Diane Smith 15.6% 12,618
Dave Strohmaier 14.1% 11,366
Rob Stutz 3.2% 2,586
Franke Wilmer 18.4% 14,836
Sam Rankin 11.6% 9,382
Jason Ward 6.1% 4,959
Total Votes 80,824


On November 4, 2008, Gillan won re-election to the 24th District Seat in the Montana State Senate, defeating Wilfred Ebert (R).[6]

Montana State Senate, District 24 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kim Gillan (D) 5,490
Wilfred Ebert (R) 3,692


Gillan vs. Daines
Poll Kim Gillan Steve DainesOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (September 10&11, 2012)
Mason-Dixon Polling (September 22, 2012)
Public Policy Polling (October 10, 2012)
Pharos Research Group
(October 26-28, 2012)
AVERAGES 38.4% 45.15% 5.25% 11.2% +/-3.73 704.25
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Gillian lost the U.S. House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Gillian's campaign committee raised a total of $992,911 and spent $991,016.[7]


In 2008, Gillan collected $6,140 in donations.[8]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Yellowstone County Democratic Central Committee $300
Holly Franz $160
BNSF Railway $160
Montana Conservation Voters $160
Glacier PAC $160

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Gillan is divorced and has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Montana State Senate District 24
Succeeded by
Roger Webb (R)