State Legislature Races 2020

Revision for 2020 Coming Soon...



Fed up yet? 


It’s time to enforce the Constitution and take our government back from an out of control federal government. 


These are the best State Legislature primary candidates who will fight to protect Montana citizens from Washington DC bureaucrats and politicians, as well as keep taxes, regulation and govt small in Montana.


We have studied the voting records, endorsements, scorecards and positions on the important issues to find the candidates who will be the brave warriors on the front line of the most important battle of our lifetime.  Will we live free and prosperous?  Or will we live under increasing control, tyranny, and poverty from a centralized consolidated power monopoly in Washington DC?


If you are fed up, please share this list to every voter, every friend and neighbor and relative in every district of Montana that you know.  By email, by facebook, word of mouth, any way you can.  People are sending in absentee ballots now every day, so time is of the essence. 


Somebody should do something.  You are somebody.



SD 03  Keith Regier, Kalispell

HD 11  Derek Skees, Kalispell



SD 07  Jennifer Fielder, Thompson Falls

HD 14  Charles Woolley, Plains



HD 18  Ann Morren, Conrad



SD 10  J.C.Kantorowicz, Great Falls

HD 19  Randy Pinocci, Sun River

HD 20  Sheridan Buck, Great Falls

HD 22  Lola Sheldon-Galloway, Great Falls



SD 15  Ryan Osmundson, Buffalo



SD 17  Mike L Lang, MaltA


SD 18  Steve Hinebauch, Wibaux

HD 35  Scott Staffanson, Sidney

HD 36  Alan Doane, Bloomfield

HD 37  Bill Harris, Winnet



SD 28  Mark Morse, Huntley

HD 40  Barry Usher, Billings

HD 44  Dale Mortensen, Billings

HD 45  Daniel Zolnikov, Billings



SD 36  Dale Stewart, Dillon

HD 71  Robert Wagner, Harrison

HD 72  Brooke Erb, Dillon



HD 67  Tom Burnett, Bozeman

HD 68  Art Wittich, Bozeman

HD 69  Phil Olson, Belgrade



HD 80  Becky Beard, Elliston

HD 84  Kit Johnson, East Helena



HD 85  Theresa Manzella, Hamilton


The Charts below explain endorsements, voting records, scorecard scores, survey results, etc.

Republican Primary Endorsements and Picks



     Representative Nancy Ballance,  HD 87

     Senator Jennifer Fielder, SD 07

     Senator Kristen Hansen, SD 14

     Representative Mike Miller, HD 80

     Representative Brad Tschida, HD 97

     Representative Nick Schwaderer, HD 14

     Ken Miller, Former Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate

     Johanna Clark, Republican Nominee (no primary) for HD 93


All Republican Primary Candidates




All 2016 Incumbents and Candidates

Updated 6/4/16

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Color Coding:


Green is Good, the darker the better

Pink is Democrat

Yellow is RINO or Caution

How Candidates Are Evaluated


If an incumbent has a decent voting record—usually Constitutionally correct and following the core Republican principles of smallest possible and most decentralized taxation and regulation—the candidate should be chosen over one with no voting record.


If an incumbent has a horrible, RINO voting record, the unknown candidate or any inanimate object is preferred for that seat.


If there are no candidates with voting records, evaluation hinges on recommendations from respected true constitutional conservatives and on answers the candidates give to direct questions about positions on issues.


Information provided in charts:      (Key to top row headings.)


     Representative Nancy Ballance,  HD 87

     Senator Jennifer Fielder, SD 07

     Senator Kristen Hansen, SD 14

     Representative Mike Miller, HD 80

     Representative Brad Tschida, HD 97

     Representative Nick Schwaderer, HD 14

     Ken Miller, Former Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate

     Johanna Clark, Republican Nominee (no primary) for HD 93

TAB:  2013 Taxpayer’s Advisory Bulletin



The Gold Standard.  2015 not done, but this one still very useful and the analysis preceding it is brilliant!

Scores From Voter Guides:



2015-Montana Education Association and the Montana Federation of Teachers--essentially the "teachers' union"--I give the INVERSE of the score they give legislators, so that the higher the score the better. 



2015-United Property Owners of Montana--score is measure of property rights positions, the higher the better    



2013 Montana Environmental Information Center (generally liberal bias)  Use Inverse of their score.



Montana Shooting Sports Association




LegiStats Scores:


Measures Party Loyalty--does one vote with the Republicans or with the Democrats most of the time?  100% party loyalty is not necessarily a good thing--but when one usually votes with the Democrats against most Republicans...definitely a bad thing.




Bills Used for Voting Records:


Resisting federal tyranny:


NAY on SB 405:me   Expands health care coverage "Medicaid Expansion"

YEA on HB 377:cc     Rejects Common Core

YEA on HB 203:ff       Prohibits enforcement of federal firearm laws


Nanny-state bills:

YEA on HB 245:rm       Authorized the sale of raw milk

NAY on HB 284:bu       Prohibits bullying in public schools--if you read the bill, it has serious 1st amendment issues and can be easily used by the PC tyrants.  Also reflects political courage, because it sounds like a no-brainer (who wants bullying in schools?) but thoughtful and brave legislators saw the reality and voted their conscience over popularity.  That's why it's such a good vote to look at.



YEA on HB 501:pr       Student privacy and data collection



NAY on HB 377:wc        Water compact

NAY on SB 289 dm       Disclose Act


Campaign for Liberty Survey Questions:


1. Will you oppose efforts to cooperate with a national ID card system and vote to block all state funding for and cooperation with any national ID scheme including the Real ID and Pass ID programs?

2. Do you oppose the use of unmanned law enforcement devices being used to penalize citizens?

3. Will you support a “Constitutional Carry” bill that would allow any law-abiding citizen to carry a firearm concealed without a permit?

4. Will you support legislation to nullify ObamaCare and authorize state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the health care scheme, known as ObamaCare?

5. Will you support legislation to end the use of “no knock” warrants?

6. Will you oppose all tax and fee increases?

7. Will you support repeal of your state’s participation in Common Core?


We didn't use #2 because, although I think they are talking about drones, one can imagine unmanned law enforcement devices that could be more objective, less arbitrary, than people.


We didn't use #6 because one can imagine some transfer of general taxes to user-pays fees that would actually be a good thing.


All the rest are obviously appropriate to ask, and should obviously be answered YES. 


Resources Used

Montana Legislature Website

Montana Legislator Scorecards from

Americans For Prosperity Legislative Scorecard 2015



Provides monitoring of every bill in the 50 states and Congress



Only gives info on Key Votes



Measures Party Loyalty--does one vote with the Republicans or with the Democrats most of the time?

Misc Info about candidates and races