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Ron Arthun

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Ron Arthun
Montana State Senate District 31
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$105.31/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Bachelor'sMontana State University, 1975
Office website
Personal website
Ron Arthun is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate. He has represented District 31 since 2011.

Arthun received his BS in animal science from Montana State University in 1975.

Committee assignments


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

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Telecommunications
State Administration, Chair


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


Pension reform

In an interview published in the Montana Policy Institute's Pig Book (2012), Arthun said, "I think that we need to go down a different road and install a cash-balance plan or some facsimile that will work in Montana for new hires and others who would like to participate." As for adjusting current retirees' benefits, he stated, "I am of the opinion that it will be hard to change current retirees’ plans but that everyone else must be at the table and willing to accept some reductions. The current plans will not survive the way that they are structured. We definitely need a change in direction if there is to be any plan left for anyone."[1]

At the August 8, 2012, meeting of the State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee, Arthun raised the possibility of switching Montana's pension plans to a cash benefit plan which would guarantee employees a return of 5 percent and allow them to take their money with them upon retirement. He said that similar plans were already in use in Kansas and Nebraska.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Arthun won election to the Montana State Senate, defeating Julia Page. Arthun defeated Tom Shellenberg and Pat Wagman in the primary.

Montana State Senate, District 31 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ron Arthun (R) 5,506
Julia Page (D) 2,770

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Arthun was up for re-election, he collected $27,694 in donations.[2]

His largest contributor in 2010 was:

Donor Amount
Ron Arthun $4,534

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Arthun and his wife, Kayl, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Esp
Montana Senate District 31
Succeeded by