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Mary McNally
Montana House of Representatives, District 49
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sWorcester State College, 1948
Master'sIndiana University, 1980
Ph.D.University of Chicago, 1998
Date of birth1955
Office website
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Mary McNally (b. 1955) is a Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 49. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


McNally earned her B.S. in Urban Studies from Worcester State College in 1978, M.B.A. from Indiana University in 1980, and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1998.

Committee assignments


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications
Local Government


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


Campaign themes


McNally's Facebook page highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

I am your neighbor, and for the first time I am running to represent us in north-central Billings. I decided to run for the legislature because I believe the following:

We face important decisions about our future that include energy, education, and our environment. I want to work to help improve that future.
We must protect public access to our public lands and water.
We need to get Montana’s economy back on track.
We must support energy conservation and expand renewable energy development, providing good paying jobs, a new energy future and a healthy environment.

We must ensure that quality higher education is accessible and possible for anyone who wants it.



See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana House of Representatives 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 candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. District 49 incumbent Mary McNally was unopposed in the Democratic primary but withdrew after becoming the replacement nominee in Senate District 24. Katharin Kelker was named as McNally's replacement. Joshua Sizemore was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kelker defeated Sizemore in the general election. Incumbent Daniel Zolnikov (R) ran in District 45.[2][3]

Montana House of Representatives, District 47 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKatharin Kelker 56.2% 1,701
     Republican Joshua Sizemore 43.8% 1,328
Total Votes 3,029
See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2014

McNally is expected to be nominated to replace incumbent Sen. Kendall Van Dyk (D) on the general election ballot for Montana State Senate District 24; Van Dyk halted his campaign due to his wife's pregnancy.[4]


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

McNally won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 49. McNally ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Tim Stark (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Montana House of Representatives, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary McNally Incumbent 61.7% 1,949
     Republican Tim Stark 38.3% 1,210
Total Votes 3,159


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, McNally won election to the Montana House of Representatives. McNally defeated William Nigro in the June 8 primary by a margin of 608-57. She faced Shauna Kerr (R) in the November 2 general election.[7][8]

Montana House of Representatives, District 49 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary McNally (D) 1,512
Shauna Kerr (R) 1,037

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McNally is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, McNally raised a total of $38,369 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.[9]

Mary McNally's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 49 Won $15,696
2010 Montana House, District 49 Won $22,673
Grand Total Raised $38,369


McNally won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McNally raised a total of $15,696.


In 2010, a year in which McNally was up for re-election, she collected $22,673 in donations.[10]

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


McNally is married to her husband, Monte Smith.

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Preceded by
Kendall Van Dyk (D)
Montana House of Representatives District 49
Succeeded by