Steve Daines

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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 birthBozeman, Montana
Net worth$24,400,006
Office website
Campaign website
Steve Daines campaign logo
Steve Daines (b. August 20, 1962, in Bozeman, Montana) 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] Daines ran for the United States Senate, representing Montana in 2014.[2]

Daines ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Montana. Daines sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[2]

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.[3]

In 2007, Daines served as then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's Montana campaign chairman. He was also the 2008 Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor.[4]

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.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Daines serves on the following committees:[5]

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


Legislative actions

113th Congress


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.[6] For more information pertaining to Daines's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

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.[8]


Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[11] 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.[12] Daines voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Voted "Yes" 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.[13] 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.[14]

Daines will donate his salary during the shutdown to the Big Sky Honor Flight[15]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Daines voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[16] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[17]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[18] The vote largely followed party lines.[19]



Voted "Yes" Daines supported repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Healthcare-Related Provisions in the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[8]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" 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.[20]



See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2014

Daines ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Montana. Daines sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[2]

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."[21]

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%.[22]


The Montana Democratic Party put out a press release on February 26, 2014, demanding Rep. Daines release his birth certificate to “clear up confusion about his roots.”[23][24]

“The Congressman is so desperate for ties to Montana that he’s confused the facts and himself,” the Montana Democratic Party said in its release.[23]

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."[23]


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

Daines ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Montana's at-large District. He defeated Eric Brosten and Vincent Melkus in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012.[25][26]

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 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.[27]

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


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Daines' reports.[28]


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.[38]

Cost per vote

Daines spent $7.92 per vote received in 2012.


Like-minded colleagues

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.[39]

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.[40]

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.[41]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[42]

Steve Daines Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


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.[43] They have four children and live in Bozeman, Montana.[44]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Campaign website, "News," accessed November 6, 2013
  3. Politico, "Democrat Walsh files for Senate in Montana," accessed October 9, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Steve Daines for Congress, "Meet Steve," accessed April 18, 2012
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Project Vote Smart, "Daines' Political Summary," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steve Daines' Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 27, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Daines on agriculture," accessed September 27, 2013
  17. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  18. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steve Daines' Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 27, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Daines on abortion," accessed September 27, 2013
  21. The Hill, "Daines targets vets with first Senate campaign ad," accessed November 12, 2013
  22. Politico, "Montana Senate race 2014 poll: Steve Daines in driver’s seat," accessed November 21, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Wall Street Journal, "Montana Democrats Attack Daines Over Birthplace," accessed March 19, 2014
  24. Montana Democratic Party, "Steve Daines Makes Contradicting Claims About Montana Roots," accessed March 19, 2014
  25. KXLF, "Bozeman's Steve Daines comments on switching from Senate to House race," accessed February 4, 2012
  26. Montana Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results"
  27. Open Secrets, "Steven Daines," accessed May 16, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Daines 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2014
  29. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  30. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  31. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2013
  32. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  33. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  34. FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 22, 2014
  35. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  36. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  37. FEC, "Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
  38. Open Secrets, "2012 Election Cycle," accessed June 17, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Steve Daines," accessed August 5, 2013
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  41. GovTrack, "Steve Daines," accessed March 26, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Steve Daines (R-MT), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  43. Roll Call, "Take Five: Rep. Steve Daines," accessed November 4, 2013
  44. Official Campaign Site, "Meet Steve," accessed February 4, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Denny Rehberg (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Montana At-large District
Succeeded by