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Steve Daines
Steve Daines.jpg
U.S. House, Montana
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorDenny Rehberg (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,830,491
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBozeman High School
Bachelor'sMontana State University
Date of birthAugust 20, 1962
Place of birthBozemand, Montana
Net worth$13,847,505
Office website
Campaign website
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Steve Daines is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the at-large Congressional District of Montana.

Daines won election on November 6, 2012.[1]

In 2007, Daines served as then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's Montana campaign chairman. He was also the 2008 Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor. [2]

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. [2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Daines serves on the following committees:[3]

United States House Committee on Natural Resources

    • 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



See also: Montana's at-large congressional district elections, 2012

Daines ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Montana's at-large District. He defeated Eric Brosten and Vincent Melkus in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. [4][5]

U.S. House, Montana, At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kim Gillan 42.7% 204,939
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Daines 53.3% 255,468
     Libertarian David Kaiser 4% 19,333
Total Votes 479,740
Source: Montana Secretary of State "2012 Election Center"
Montana's At-large Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Daines 71.2% 82,843
Eric Brosten 18.1% 21,012
Vincent Melkus 10.7% 12,420
Total Votes 116,275


Gillan vs. Daines
Poll Kim Gillan Steve DainesOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (September 10&11, 2012)
Mason-Dixon Polling (September 22, 2012)
Public Policy Polling (October 10, 2012)
Pharos Research Group
(October 26-28, 2012)
AVERAGES 38.4% 45.15% 5.25% 11.2% +/-3.73 704.25
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

Campaign donors

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.[6]

Steve Daines's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House, Montana Won $1,830,491
Grand Total Raised $1,830,491


Breakdown of the source of Daines' campaign funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Daines won the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Daines' campaign committee raised a total of $1,830,491 and spent $2,021,596.[7]


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.[8]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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. [9]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[10]


Daines has been married to his wife, Cindy, for twenty four years. They have four children and live in Bozeman, MT.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Denny Rehberg (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Montana At-large District
Succeeded by