Robert Wagner, Montana Representative

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Robert Wagner
Montana House of Representatives, District 71
Former member
In office
2009 - 2013
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$103.69/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Office website
Robert Wagner is a former Republican member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing the 71st District from 2009 to 2013.

Wagner's professional experience includes working as a landscape contractor and sailor.

Committee assignments


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


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


Arts council

Supporters of the Montana Arts Council made their case for funding in front of lawmakers during a Joint Subcommittee on Education meeting in early January 2011. The organization receives around $450,000 a year from the general fund, another $200,000 from the coal tax, and $800,000 from the federal government, according to Montana Arts Council Executive Director Arlynn Fishbaugh.

Fishbaugh said a push to eliminate the Arts Council around 1994 resulted in the group refocusing their efforts.

“For something to be worthy of state investment, there has to be a return on public investment funds,” she said.

The arts bring in $4.5 million in tax revenue to the state, Fishbaugh told legislators. Wagner requested the organization provide figures about how much the state provided in tax refunds for art donations. Wagner said he understood the value of the arts.

"The structure of how we fund it has to make business sense,” said Wagner.

Democrat Senator Brad Hamlett said the testimony from Arts Council supporters was “very compelling.”

“Keeping kids engaged in school is very important,” Hamlett said.[1]



See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wagner ran in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 71. Wagner was defeated by Ray L. Shaw in the June 5 primary election.[2][3]

Montana House of Representatives, District 71 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRay L. Shaw 45.9% 1,040
Bob Wagner Incumbent 43.8% 992
Robert Kennedy 10.3% 233
Total Votes 2,265


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Wagner won election to the Montana House of Representatives. He defeated Les Gilman and Ray Shaw in the June 8 primary. No one has filed to run against him in the general election. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.


On November 4, 2008 Robert Wagner won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 71, receiving 3,148 votes.

Wagner raised $6,315 for his campaign.[4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 71
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Wagner (R) 3,148
Kim Miller (D) 2,748

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Wagner was up for re-election, he collected $3,765 in donations.[5]

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


Listed below is the largest contributor to Robert Wagner's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Robert Wagner $1,000


Wagner and his wife, Christene, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Montana House of Representatives District 71
Succeeded by
Ray Shaw (R)