Sue Malek

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Sue Malek
Montana State Senate District 46
In office
2013 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 1
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$105.31/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits8 years in a 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives District 98
2009 - 2013
Bachelor'sMontana State University, 1974
Master'sUniversity of Montana, 2000
Place of birthMinot, ND
ProfessionAcademic Advising Coordinator, University of Montana School of Business
Office website
Campaign website
Sue Malek (b. October 29, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 46 since January 7, 2013. Malek is a former member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing the 98th District from 2009 to 2013.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Malek served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation
Local Government


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Malek served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Malek served on these committees:


Campaign themes

Malek's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt:"Worker retraining will continue to be important to our changing economy. As a state and nation, we must adequately and fairly fund our public schools and make sure students can obtain the grants and loans they need to attend college."


  • Excerpt:"The federal law No Child Left Behind is a poor fit for small and rural states like Montana. All too often it prevents local control and punishes schools when they need help the most. We must maintain high expectations for our students and we are doing that the Montana way."


  • Excerpt:"I support family leave policies that allow sick, vacation, or unpaid leave for people who need time off to care for family members."
  • Excerpt:"I support affordable, quality child care and pre-school programs that mean so much to the long-term educational success of our children"


  • Excerpt:"I support development of alternative energy, wind and solar, because these industries mean good jobs for Montanans, can help individual families save money, and will help us protect our environment. We have innovative products being developed in Montana. I will support the companies working on new opportunities every step of the way."



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Malek won election in the 2012 election for Montana State Senate, District 46. Malek defeated Tyler Gernant in the June 5 primary election and defeated Kevin Blackler (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Montana State Senate, District 46, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSue Malek 59.9% 5,934
     Republican Kevin Blackler 40.1% 3,980
Total Votes 9,914
Montana State Senate, District 46 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSue Malek 62.1% 1,686
Tyler Gernant 37.9% 1,031
Total Votes 2,717


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Malek won election to the Montana House of Representatives. She did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. Michael Sopuch ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Montana House of Representatives, District 98 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sue Malek (D) 2,019
Michael Sopuch (R) 1,809


On November 4, 2008 Sue Malek won the seat to the Montana House of Representatives for District 98 receiving 3,285 votes.

Malek raised $8,746 for her campaign.[4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 98
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sue Malek (D) 3,285
Will Deschamps (R) 2,569

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Malek was up for re-election, she collected $4,233 in donations.[5]

No contributions to his campaign were over $1,000.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carol Williams (D)
Montana State Senate District 46
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Montana State House District 98
Succeeded by
Jenifer Gursky (D)