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Sam Rankin
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Montana
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Sam Rankin was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the At-Large Congressional District of Montana. Rankin was defeated by Kim Gillan in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012.[1]


Rankin was born in Billings, Montana and graduated from Billings West High School in 1963. He then pursued his bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a major in Biology from Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University at Billings). In 1966, he joined the Peace Corps and taught public health and nutrition in India. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968 and served over 8 months in Vietnam. After an honorable discharge, Rankin worked for several real estate companies in Billings before started his own firm, First Choice Real Estate, in 1983. He has taught biology on a contract basis for teachers on sabbatical at Montana public schools. [2]



See also: Montana's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

Rankin ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Montana's at-large House seat. He faced Kim Gillan, Diane Smith, Dave Strohmaier, Rob Stutz, Franke Wilmer and Jason Ward in the Democratic primary. Rankin was defeated by Kim Gillan in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012.[1][3]

Montana's At-large Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKim Gillan 31% 25,077
Diane Smith 15.6% 12,618
Dave Strohmaier 14.1% 11,366
Rob Stutz 3.2% 2,586
Franke Wilmer 18.4% 14,836
Sam Rankin 11.6% 9,382
Jason Ward 6.1% 4,959
Total Votes 80,824


Sam married in 1973 and divorced in 1977 and has a son from that marriage. Sam married Diane Williams of Billings in 1983 and they have two daughters. [2]

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