|U.S. House, Montana|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Denny Rehberg (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Bozeman High School|
|Bachelor's||Montana State University|
|Date of birth||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
The seat was formerly considered an open seat in the 2014 elections as incumbent Max Baucus announced he would not seek re-election in 2014. However, Baucus was appointed Ambassador to China in February 2014, vacating his seat before the November general election. Montana Governor Steve Bullock then appointed John Walsh to fill Baucus' seat. Walsh will hold the seat through the end of Baucus' term in January 2015. He intends to seek re-election and should he win the June Democratic primary, he will face Daines in the November general election.
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 second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second 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.
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.
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.
Daines supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Daines voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Daines voted for HR 2775.
Daines will donate his salary during the shutdown to the Big Sky Honor Flight
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
Morton Memos 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 Healthcare-Related Provisions in the Healthcare 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.
In November 2013, Daines began airing his first campaign ads for the 2014 election cycle. In these ads, he mentioned veterans and the sacrifices they made for the country. He says in the ads, "Our veterans made enormous sacrifices to protect our country and defend our freedoms. We can never repay that debt. But we can honor their sacrifice. That's why I’m working across the aisle to protect our veterans’ hard-earned benefits and ensure that we are meeting their healthcare needs. Our Veterans medical centers too often fall short, and that is simply unacceptable. We must do more to help our younger veterans transition into the workforce after their service is complete. They have important skills, but too often go without work."
A poll released in November 2013 by Public Policy Polling showed regardless of the candidate, Daines was likely to win the seat in 2014. In a match-up against Democrat John Walsh, Daines led 52% to 35%. In a match-up against Democrat John Bohlinger, Daines led 51% to 36%.
A spokeswoman for Daines' campaign responded, “[Democrats] may be able to dictate the way Montanans live their lives, but unless Montana Democrats want to move Steve’s great-great-grandmother’s grave, they can’t change Steve’s strong heritage as a fifth-generation Montanan."
|U.S. House, Montana, At-Large District General Election, 2012|
|Source: Montana Secretary of State "2012 Election Center"|
|Montana's At-Large 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|
|Steve Daines (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 12, 2013||$15,407.18||$252,869.34||$(77,952.52)||$190,324.00|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$190,324.00||$430,922.42||$(60,392.38)||$560,854.04|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$560,854.04||$642,537.15||$(64,600.10)||$1,138,791.09|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$1,138,791||$827,134||$(271,846)||$1,897,935|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$1,897,935.17||$1,215,460.20||$(901,798.02)||$2,211,597.35|
|Pre-Primary||May 19, 2014||$2,211,597.35||$512,327.71||$(842,191.50)||$1,881,733.56|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$1,881,733.56||$911,538.12||$(1,065,472.52)||$1,727,797.16|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$1,727,797.16||$1,853,201.41||$(1,961,632.23)||$1,619,366.34|
|Pre-General||October 20, 2014||$1,619,366.34||$307,857.50||$(676,673.59)||$1,250,550.25|
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' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $9,250,012 and $39,550,000. That averages to $24,400,006, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Daines ranked as the 26th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Steve Daines Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
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, Montana.
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- Collected news and commentary about Steve Daines at the Billings Gazette
- Steve Daines Business Blog
- RightNow Technologies at Wikipedia
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Montana"
- Campaign website, "News," accessed November 6, 2013
- Politico, "Democrat Walsh files for Senate in Montana," accessed October 9, 2013
- Steve Daines for Congress, "Meet Steve," accessed 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
- Project 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 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- Project 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
- The Hill, "Daines targets vets with first Senate campaign ad," accessed November 12, 2013
- Politico, "Montana Senate race 2014 poll: Steve Daines in driver’s seat," accessed November 21, 2013
- Wall Street Journal, "Montana Democrats Attack Daines Over Birthplace," accessed March 19, 2014
- Montana Democratic Party, "Steve Daines Makes Contradicting Claims About Montana Roots," accessed March 19, 2014
- 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
- FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
- FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
- FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 22, 2014
- FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
- FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
- FEC, "Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
- 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
- Open Secrets, "Steve Daines (R-MT), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- Roll Call, "Take Five: Rep. Steve Daines," accessed November 4, 2013
- Official Campaign Site, "Meet Steve," accessed February 4, 2012
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