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Daines has been married to his wife, Cindy, for twenty
Daines has been married to his wife, Cindy, for twenty years. They have four children and live in Bozeman, MT.<ref>[http://www.stevedaines.com/about-steve/ ''Official Campaign Site'' "Meet Steve" Accessed February 4, 2012]</ref>
Revision as of 14:17, 4 November 2013
|U.S. House, Montana|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Denny Rehberg (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$7.92 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Bozeman High School|
|Bachelor's||Montana State University|
|Birthday||August 20, 1962|
|Place of birth||Bozeman, Montana|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 3.1.1 113th Congress
- 3.1.2 National security
- 3.1.3 Economy
- 3.1.4 Immigration
- 3.1.5 Healthcare
- 3.1.6 Social issues
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 4 Elections
- 5 Polls
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Daines is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Daines is a graduate of Montana State University. He worked for Procter & Gamble for 13 years, both in the States and abroad. In 1997, he and his family returned to Bozeman, where Daines joined RightNow Technologies, a start-up business that went public in 2004. In 2007, Daines served as then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's Montana campaign chairman. He was the 2008 Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor. 
Daines serves on the following committees:
- United States House Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
- Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
- Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
- Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
- United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Daines's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American intervention in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
Daines signed a letter asking President Obama to "consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria." The letter was sent August 28, 2013.
National Defense Authorization Act
Daines supported of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Daines supported HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Daines opposed House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Daines supported HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
Daines will donate his salary during the shutdown to the Big Sky Honor Flight
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Daines supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Daines supported repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Daines supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
|U.S. House, Montana, At-Large District General Election, 2012|
|Source: Montana Secretary of State "2012 Election Center"|
|Montana's At-large Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Gillan vs. Daines|
|Poll||Kim Gillan||Steve Daines||Other||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Public Policy Polling (September 10&11, 2012)||37%||40%||9%||15%||+/-3.8||656|
|Mason-Dixon Polling (September 22, 2012)||38%||46%||2%||14%||+/-4||625|
|Public Policy Polling (October 10, 2012)||34%||43%||10%||12%||+/-3.6||737|
|Pharos Research Group |
(October 26-28, 2012)
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
Comprehensive donor information for Daines is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Daines raised a total of $1,830,491 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.
|Steve Daines's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House, Montana||$1,830,491|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,830,491|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Daines' reports.
|Steve Daines (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
Cost per vote
Daines spent $7.92 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Montana At-large District, 2012 - Steve Daines Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$992,911|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$991,016|
|Top contributors to Steve Daines's campaign committee|
|Langlas & Assoc||$14,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$108,270|
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Daines most often votes with:
Daines least often votes with:
Voting with party
Steve Daines voted with the Republican Party 96.7% of the time, which ranked 92nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Daines missed 0 of 92 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 0.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Daines's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $4,695,012 and $22,999,999. That averages to $13,847,505, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.
Daines has been married to his wife, Cindy, for over twenty five years. Daines proposed to his wife on top of a mountain, Hyalite Peak, in Montana. They have four children and live in Bozeman, MT.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Steve + Daines + Montana + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Social media:
- Political profiles:
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- Public statements:
- Voting record:
- Media appearances:
- Media coverage:
- Collected news and commentary about Steve Daines at the Billings Gazette
- Steve Daines Business Blog
- RightNow Technologies at Wikipedia
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Montana"
- Politico, "Democrats feel good about Montana 2014," accessed October 24, 2013
- Steve Daines for Congress "Meet Steve" April 18, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Vote Smart, "Daines' Political Summary", accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steve Daines' Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 27, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- Vote Smart, "Daines on agriculture", accessed September 27, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steve Daines' Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 27, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Daines on abortion," accessed September 27, 2013
- Politico, "Democrats feel good about Montana 2014," accessed October 24, 2013
- KXLF "Bozeman's Steve Daines comments on switching from Senate to House race" Accessed February 4, 2012
- Montana Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
- Open Secrets "Steven Daines" Accessed May 16, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Daines 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2014
- FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
- FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
- FEC "October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2013
- Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed June 17, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Steve Daines," Accessed August 5, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- GovTrack, "Steve Daines" Accessed March 26, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Steven Daines (R-Mont), 2011"
- Roll Call, "Take Five: Rep. Steve Daines", accessed November 4, 2013
- Official Campaign Site "Meet Steve" Accessed February 4, 2012
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