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Margaret MacDonald

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Margaret MacDonald
Montana House of Representatives, District 54
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$105.31/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Date of birth08/31/1951
Place of birthGlendive, MT
ReligionUnited Church of Christ
Office website
Campaign website
Margaret "Margie" MacDonald (b. August 31, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing the 54th District since 2009. Starting in the 2011-2012 session, MacDonald serves as a Minority Whip.[1]

MacDonald's professional experience includes working as the following; director at the Montana Office of Community Service, executive director at the Montana Association of Churches, staff director at the Northern Plains Resource Council, and staff member at the Northern Plains Resource Council.


Campaign themes


MacDonald lists the following issues on her website:[2]

Providing Quality, Affordable Healthcare to all Montanans

I understand that health care costs are crushing Montana families and businesses. I supported the “Healthy Montana Kids” Initiative 155 which brings access to health care coverage to 30,000 Montana children who do not have it.

Investing in Good Teachers and Classrooms

I believe that good schools and good teachers lead to good, high paying jobs. In particular, I’ll champion affordable job training programs at our College of Technology. After years of shifting the cost of higher education onto students and their families—making it unaffordable for many—it is time to turn that around so all Montana kids can have access and opportunities for higher education.

Jobs and Energy

I know that the big oil companies are making enormous profits while high gas prices are busting our budgets. I believe we can build our own homegrown energy economy making affordable, renewable energy using Montana’s own sun, wind, and geothermal power for heat and electricity. We can invest in construction jobs weatherizing low income housing and building new energy star offices and homes. I am a leading champion of biodiesel that we can grow and process here in Montana. That helps our rural communities, creates new manufacturing jobs, and keeps our energy dollars circulating here, instead of exporting them to the Persian Gulf.

Protecting Hunting, Fishing Lands

I will continue to fight to protect Montana’s outdoor heritage and our access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreation. I’ll work together with landowners and sportsmen to boost successful programs such as Block Management, and I’ll oppose putting Montana’s public lands up for sale or charging fees to access our public lands and forests.

Fair Taxes for All Montanans

I know that during the 1990’s and early part of this decade, when Republicans ran Montana, they shifted the tax burdens from the largest and wealthiest businesses to homeowners and small businesses. I will work for a return to fair taxes for all Montanans.

Committee assignments


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013


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


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



See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

MacDonald won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 54. MacDonald ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated David Lewis (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 54, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret MacDonald Incumbent 58.7% 1,931
     Republican David Lewis 41.3% 1,359
Total Votes 3,290


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 MacDonald won election to the Montana House of Representatives. She did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. Dennis Lenz ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Montana House of Representatives, District 54 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Margaret MacDonald (D) 1,208
Dennis Lenz (R) 1,164


On November 4, 2008 Margaret MacDonald won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 54, receiving 1,749 votes.

MacDonald raised $19,411 for her campaign.[5]

Montana House of Representatives, District 54
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Margaret MacDonald (D) 1,749
Debra Bonogofsky (D) 1,641

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which MacDonald was up for re-election, she collected $17,839 in donations.[6]

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


MacDonald and her husband John, have two children.

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