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|Name = Mark Blasdel
 
|Name = Mark Blasdel
 
|Profile picture = MarkBlasdel.jpg
 
|Profile picture = MarkBlasdel.jpg
|Position = Montana House of Representatives, District 10
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|Position = Montana State Senate, District 4
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
|Tenure = 2007 - Present
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|Tenure = 2007 - 2015
|Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|January 5, 2015]]
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|Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 4, 2014|January 5, 2017]]
|Assumed office = 2007
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|Assumed office = 2015
 
|Political party = Republican
 
|Political party = Republican
 
|Leadership = Speaker of the House
 
|Leadership = Speaker of the House
|Years leadership = 2013 - present
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|Years leadership = 2013 - 2014
 
|Leadership 2 =
 
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|Years leadership 5 =
 
|Base salary = $82.64/day
 
|Base salary = $82.64/day
|Per diem = $105.31/day
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|Per diem = $109.78/day
 
|Pension =
 
|Pension =
|Last election = [[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Last election = [[Montana State Senate elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|Appointed by =
|First elected = 2006
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|First elected =  
|Term limits = 4 terms (8 years)
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|Term limits = 2 terms (8 years)
|Next election = November 4, 2014
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|Next election =  
|Prior office =
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|Prior office = Montana House of Representatives, District 10
|Prior office years =
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|Prior office years = 2007 - 2015
 
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|Prior office 3 years =
|High school =
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|High school = Flathead High School, 1994
 
|Associate's =
 
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|Bachelor's = University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1997
 
|Master's =
 
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|Profession = Co-Owner, Vista Restaurant and Bar
 
|Profession = Co-Owner, Vista Restaurant and Bar
 
|Religion =
 
|Religion =
|Office website = http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/61st/leg_info.asp?HouseID=1&SessionID=94&LAWSID=5141
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|Office website = http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/64th/leg_info.asp?HouseID=2&SessionID=109&LAWSID=13790
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Mark Blasdel''' (b. 1976) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Montana State Senate]], representing [[Montana State Senate District 4|District 4]]. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.
{{tnr}}'''Mark Blasdel''' (b. 1976) is the [[Republican Party|Republican]] [[Speaker of the House|Speaker]] of the [[Montana House of Representatives]], representing the 10th District since 2007.
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Blasdel is a business and co-owner of Vista Restaurant and Bar.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=59876 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Blasdel]</ref>
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Blasdel served in the [[Montana House of Representatives]], representing [[Montana House of Representatives District 10|District 10]] from 2007 to 2015. He served as [[State Speaker of the House|Speaker]] in the 2013-2014 session.
  
==Issues==
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==Biography==
===Corporate taxes===
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Blasdel's professional experience includes working as a co-owner of Vista Restaurant and Bar.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=59876 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Mark Blasdel's Biography," accessed March 13, 2014]</ref>
In August 2012, Blasdel wrote an opinion piece for the Montana Business Leadership Council opposing increasing taxes on the oil and gas industry, saying that it already paid a higher tax rate than other industries.<ref>[http://www.mblconline.net/index.php/montana-business-leadership-council/135-opinion-differences-in-presidential-candidate-tax-policies-affect-mt ''Montana Business Leadership Council'', "Opinion: Differences in presidential candidate tax policies affect MT," retrieved October 12, 2012.]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2015 legislative session===
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At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Blasdel served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State = Montana
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|year = 2015
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|Chamber = State Senate
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|Committee1 = Education and Cultural Resources
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|Chair1= Vice Chair
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|Committee2 = Energy and Telecommunications
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|Committee3 = Finance and Claims
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|Committee4 = Rules
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|Committee5 = Taxation
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|Committee6 = General Government
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|Joint6 = Y
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}}
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===2013-2014===
 
===2013-2014===
 
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Blasdel served on the following committees:
 
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Blasdel served on the following committees:
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|Committee2 = Judiciary
 
|Committee2 = Judiciary
 
|Committee3 = Rules
 
|Committee3 = Rules
|Committee4 =
 
|Committee5 =
 
 
}}
 
}}
  
 
===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Blasdel served on these committees:
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In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Blasdel served on the following committees:
  
 
{{Committee Assignments
 
{{Committee Assignments
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|Committee2 = Taxation
 
|Committee2 = Taxation
 
|Chair2= Chair
 
|Chair2= Chair
|Committee3 =
 
|Committee4 =
 
|Committee5 =
 
 
}}
 
}}
  
 
===2009-2010===
 
===2009-2010===
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Blasdel served on these committees:
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In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Blasdel served on the following committees:
  
 
{{Committee Assignments
 
{{Committee Assignments
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|Committee2 = Rules
 
|Committee2 = Rules
 
|Committee3 = Taxation
 
|Committee3 = Taxation
|Committee4 =
 
|Committee5 =
 
 
}}
 
}}
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==Issues==
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===Campaign themes===
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====2014====
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Blasdel's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
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{{Quote|Growing up on the family farm in Lower Valley and being raised in the family business, I have learned firsthand the value of a dollar and how to work to earn it. I will continue to believe that the taxpayers come first and that we must protect the Constitutional Rights, Freedoms and Liberties of each individual. My focus will continue to be on creating a business climate that is steady and consistent. One where entrepreneurs can make good business decisions that will help not only their businesses grow, but also allow their employees to prosper along with them each and every day.
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Last session, the Montana State House passed over $250 million dollars in tax cuts to the Senate only to have most of them either vetoed by the Governor or stalled in the Senate. We can make these cuts happen. That’s why I want to serve you in the Senate.
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As your State Senator, I will base my decisions on these principles:
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1.  Is this legislation constitutional?<br>
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2.  Is this reducing in any way the responsibility of individuals to make good decisions?<br>
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3.  Will this legislation interfere with an individual’s freedom to make good decisions?<br>
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4.  Is this legislation fiscally responsible and what kind of outcomes may we expect for long term savings?<br>
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5.  Can Montanan’s afford this legislation for the short and long term financial stability of
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the State?<ref>[http://www.markblasdel.us/index.php ''Blasdel for Senate District 4'', homepage, accessed May 13, 2014]</ref>}}
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===Corporate taxes===
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In August 2012, Blasdel wrote an opinion piece for the Montana Business Leadership Council opposing increasing taxes on the oil and gas industry, saying that it already paid a higher tax rate than other industries.<ref>[http://www.mblconline.net/index.php/montana-business-leadership-council/135-opinion-differences-in-presidential-candidate-tax-policies-affect-mt ''Montana Business Leadership Council'', "Opinion: Differences in presidential candidate tax policies affect MT," accessed October 12, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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{{MT SD4 2014}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012]]''
  
Blasdel won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012|Montana House of Representatives]], District 10. Blasdel ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated [[Alexander William Schaeffer]] (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[https://app.mt.gov/cgi-bin/filing/index.cgi?ACTION=LIST_LEG Montana Secretary of State - 2012 Candidate Filing List]</ref><ref>[http://sos.mt.gov/elections/2012/Primary/2012_PRIMARY_LEGISLATIVE_CANVASS.PDF ''Montana Secretary of State,'' Official 2012 Primary Results]</ref>
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Blasdel won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012|Montana House of Representatives]], District 10. Blasdel ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated [[Alexander William Schaeffer]] (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://sos.mt.gov/Elections/2012/2012_General_Leg_Canvass.pdf ''Montana Secretary of State'', "2012 Legislative General Election Canvass," accessed February 13, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://sos.mt.gov/elections/2012/Primary/2012_PRIMARY_LEGISLATIVE_CANVASS.PDF ''Montana Secretary of State,'' "2012 Legislative Primary Election Canvass," accessed February 13, 2014]</ref>
  
 
{{Election box 2012
 
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:: ''See also: [[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
  
On November 2, 2010 Blasdel won election to the [[Montana House of Representatives]].  He did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. [[Carla Augustad]] ran for the seat on the Democratic ticket.  The general election took place on [[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].
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On November 2, 2010, Blasdel won election to the [[Montana House of Representatives]].  He did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. [[Carla Augustad]] ran for the seat on the Democratic ticket.  The general election took place on [[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].<ref>[http://sos.mt.gov/Elections/Archives/2010s/2010/2010_General_Election_Offiical_Legislative_Canvass.pdf ''Montana Secretary of State,'' "2010 Legislative General Election Canvass," accessed March 8, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://sos.mt.gov/Elections/Archives/2010s/2010/2010_Primary_Official_Legislative_Canvass.pdf ''Montana Secretary of State,'' "Legislative Primary Canvass - June 08, 2010," accessed March 12, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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===2008===
 
===2008===
On November 4, 2008 Mark Blasdel won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 10, receiving 4,412 votes.
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:: ''See also: [[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2008]]''
  
Blasdel raised $5,099 for his campaign.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=102102 2008 ''Follow the Money's report on Mark's 2008 campaign contributions'']</ref>
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On November 4, 2008, Mark Blasdel won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 10, receiving 4,412 votes.
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Blasdel raised $5,099 for his campaign.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=102102 ''Follow the Money'', "Blasdel, Mark," accessed March 8, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name=Blasdel
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|Full name=Mark Blasdel
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|year=2006
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|Editdate=September 8, 2013
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|link=<ref>[http://followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=8203 ''Follow the Money'', "Blasdel, Mark," accessed September 8, 2013]</ref>
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|party=Republican
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|totalraised2012=10455
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|result2012=Won
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|office2012=[[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012|Montana House, District 10]]
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|totalraised2010=2655
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|result2010=Won
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|office2010=[[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010|Montana House, District 10]]
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|totalraised2008=5099
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|result2008=Won
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|office2008=[[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2008|Montana House, District 10]]
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|totalraised2006=9664
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|result2006=Won
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|office2006=[[Montana House of Representatives elections, 2006|Montana House, District 10]]
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}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
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|office= Montana House of Representatives
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 10455
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|org1 = Flathead County Republican Central Committee
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|org2 = Boich, Wayne
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|org3 = Wilks, Dan
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|org4 = Hughes, Rose Marie
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|org5 = Wilks, Staci
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|orgamount1 = 800
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|orgamount2 = 160
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|orgamount3 = 160
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|orgamount4 = 160
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|orgamount5 = 160
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|}}
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
In 2010, a year in which Blasdel was up for re-election, he collected $2,655 in donations.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=119529 2010 campaign contributions]</ref>
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{{SLP donor box 2010
 
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|office = Montana House of Representatives
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
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|name = Blasdel
{{slp donor box 2010
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|new = no
|Chamber = Montana House of Representatives
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|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
|total raised = $2,655
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=119529
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|total raised = 2655
 
|org1 = Flathead County Republican Womens Club
 
|org1 = Flathead County Republican Womens Club
 
|org2 = Flathead County Republican Central Cmte
 
|org2 = Flathead County Republican Central Cmte
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|org4 = Arntzen, Steven W
 
|org4 = Arntzen, Steven W
 
|org5 = Exxonmobil
 
|org5 = Exxonmobil
|orgdonor1 = $600  
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|orgamount1 = 600  
|orgdonor2 = $200  
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|orgamount2 = 200  
|orgdonor3 = $130
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|orgamount3 = 130
|orgdonor4 = $130
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|orgamount4 = 130
|orgdonor5 = $100
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|orgamount5 = 100
 
|}}
 
|}}
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===2008===
 
===2008===
In 2008, a year in which Blasdel was up for re-election, he collected $5,099 in donations.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=102102 2008 campaign contributions]</ref>
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{{SLP donor box 2008
 
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|office = Montana House of Representatives
His largest contributors in 2008 were:
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|name = Blasdel
{{slp donor box 2008
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|new = no
|Chamber = Montana House of Representatives
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|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
|total raised = $5,099
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=102102
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|total raised = 5099
 
|org1 = Blasdel, Mark Wade
 
|org1 = Blasdel, Mark Wade
 
|org2 = Flathead County Republican Womens Club
 
|org2 = Flathead County Republican Womens Club
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|org4 = Taylor, Mark R
 
|org4 = Taylor, Mark R
 
|org5 = Montana Contractors Association
 
|org5 = Montana Contractors Association
|orgdonor1 = $500
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|orgamount1 = 500
|orgdonor2 = $250  
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|orgamount2 = 250  
|orgdonor3 = $160
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|orgamount3 = 160
|orgdonor4 = $160
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|orgamount4 = 160
|orgdonor5 = $160
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|orgamount5 = 160
 
|}}
 
|}}
===2006===
 
In 2006, a year in which Blasdel ran for election, he collected $9,664 in donations.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=84663 2006 campaign contributions]</ref>
 
  
His largest contributors in 2006 were:
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===2006===
{{slp donor box 2006
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{{SLP donor box 2006
|Chamber = Montana House of Representatives
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|office = Montana House of Representatives
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|name = Blasdel
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|new = yes
 
|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
|total raised = $9,664
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|total raised = 9664
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=84663
 
|org1 = Flathead County Republican Womens Club
 
|org1 = Flathead County Republican Womens Club
 
|org2 = Blasdel, Mark W
 
|org2 = Blasdel, Mark W
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|org4 = Spoklie, Robert L
 
|org4 = Spoklie, Robert L
 
|org5 = Flathead County Republican Central Cmte
 
|org5 = Flathead County Republican Central Cmte
|orgdonor1 = $500
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|orgamount1 = 500
|orgdonor2 = $500
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|orgamount2 = 500
|orgdonor3 = $230
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|orgamount3 = 230
|orgdonor4 = $230
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|orgamount4 = 230
|orgdonor5 = $230
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|orgamount5 = 230
 
|}}
 
|}}
==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term '''Mark + Blasdel + Montana + Legislature'''
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==Scorecards==
:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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{{Montana legislature scorecards|Begin=2007|End=2015}}
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
 
Blasdel and his wife, Renae, have one child.
 
Blasdel and his wife, Renae, have one child.
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term '''Mark + Blasdel + Montana + Legislature'''
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{{RSS|feed=http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Mark+Blasdel+Montana+Legislature&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=Mark Blasdel News Feed}}
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==See also==
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*[[Montana State Legislature]]
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*[[Montana State Senate]]
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*[[Montana Senate Committees]]
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*[[Montana Joint Committees]]
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*[[Montana state legislative districts]]
  
 
==External links==
 
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* [http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/64th/leg_info.asp?HouseID=2&SessionID=109&LAWSID=13790 Office website]
* [http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/61st/leg_info.asp?HouseID=1&SessionID=94&LAWSID=5141 Montana House of Representatives - Rep. Mark Blasdel]
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* [http://www.markblasdel.us/ Official campaign website]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/Vote4Blasdel Mark Blasdel on Facebook]
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* [http://openstates.org/mt/legislators/MTL000060/mark-blasdel/ Profile from Open States]
 
* [http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=59876 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=59876 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=59876 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=59876 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
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Latest revision as of 14:52, 13 February 2015

Mark Blasdel
MarkBlasdel.jpg
Montana State Senate, District 4
Incumbent
In office
2007 - 2015
Term ends
January 5, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker of the House
2013 - 2014
Compensation
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives, District 10
2007 - 2015
Education
High schoolFlathead High School, 1994
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1997
Personal
ProfessionCo-Owner, Vista Restaurant and Bar
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Mark Blasdel (b. 1976) is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Blasdel served in the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 10 from 2007 to 2015. He served as Speaker in the 2013-2014 session.

Biography

Blasdel's professional experience includes working as a co-owner of Vista Restaurant and Bar.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Blasdel served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Education and Cultural Resources, Vice Chair
Energy and Telecommunications
Finance and Claims
Rules
Taxation
General Government

2013-2014

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Judiciary
Rules

2011-2012

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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2011
Education
Taxation, Chair

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Blasdel served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2009
Education, Vice Chair
Rules
Taxation

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Blasdel's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Growing up on the family farm in Lower Valley and being raised in the family business, I have learned firsthand the value of a dollar and how to work to earn it. I will continue to believe that the taxpayers come first and that we must protect the Constitutional Rights, Freedoms and Liberties of each individual. My focus will continue to be on creating a business climate that is steady and consistent. One where entrepreneurs can make good business decisions that will help not only their businesses grow, but also allow their employees to prosper along with them each and every day.

Last session, the Montana State House passed over $250 million dollars in tax cuts to the Senate only to have most of them either vetoed by the Governor or stalled in the Senate. We can make these cuts happen. That’s why I want to serve you in the Senate.

As your State Senator, I will base my decisions on these principles:

1. Is this legislation constitutional?
2. Is this reducing in any way the responsibility of individuals to make good decisions?
3. Will this legislation interfere with an individual’s freedom to make good decisions?
4. Is this legislation fiscally responsible and what kind of outcomes may we expect for long term savings?
5. Can Montanan’s afford this legislation for the short and long term financial stability of the State?[2][3]

Corporate taxes

In August 2012, Blasdel wrote an opinion piece for the Montana Business Leadership Council opposing increasing taxes on the oil and gas industry, saying that it already paid a higher tax rate than other industries.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for major party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Elizabeth Cummings was unopposed in the Democratic primary, but withdrew afterwards; she was replaced by Diane Taylor.[5] Mark Blasdel defeated Tammi Fisher in the Republican primary. Blasdel defeated Taylor n the general election. Incumbent Jon Sonju (R) did not seek re-election.[6][7]

Montana State Senate, District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Blasdel 68.3% 3,960
     Democratic Diane Taylor 31.7% 1,836
Total Votes 5,796
Montana State Senate, District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Blasdel 66.7% 1,751
Tammy Fisher 33.3% 875
Total Votes 2,626

2012

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Blasdel won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 10. Blasdel ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Alexander William Schaeffer (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Montana House of Representatives, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Blasdel Incumbent 74.8% 4,602
     Democratic Alexander Schaeffer 25.2% 1,550
Total Votes 6,152

2010

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Blasdel won election to the Montana House of Representatives. He did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. Carla Augustad ran for the seat on the Democratic ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[10][11]

Montana House of Representatives, District 10 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Blasdel (R) 3,536
Carla Augustad (D) 916

2008

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Mark Blasdel won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 10, receiving 4,412 votes.

Blasdel raised $5,099 for his campaign.[12]

Montana House of Representatives, District 10
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Blasdel (R) 4,412
Carla Augustad (D) 1,632

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Blasdel is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Blasdel raised a total of $27,873 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.[13]

Mark Blasdel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 10 Won $10,455
2010 Montana House, District 10 Won $2,655
2008 Montana House, District 10 Won $5,099
2006 Montana House, District 10 Won $9,664
Grand Total Raised $27,873

2012

Blasdel won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Blasdel raised a total of $10,455.
Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Blasdel's campaign in 2012
Flathead County Republican Central Committee$800
Boich, Wayne$160
Wilks, Dan$160
Hughes, Rose Marie$160
Wilks, Staci$160
Total Raised in 2012$10,455
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Blasdel won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Blasdel raised a total of $2,655.

2008

Blasdel won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Blasdel raised a total of $5,099.

2006

Blasdel won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Blasdel raised a total of $9,664.

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 7 to April 27.

Legislators are scored on "hotlisted bills that represent a portfolio of priority conservation and environmental issues."[14]
Legislators are scored on bills of importance to a state teachers' union.
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Legislators are scored on bills relating to property rights.

Personal

Blasdel and his wife, Renae, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jon Sonju (R)
Montana State Senate District 4
2015–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Montana House of Representatives District 10
2007–2015
Succeeded by
Mark Noland (R)