Montana Secretary of State

Term Limits

Background on Term Limits in Montana:

In 1992, Montanans passed a constitutional initiative (CI-64) establishing limits on how long statewide elected executive officers, state legislators, and members of Congress* can hold office.

 *In 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down term limits on congressional terms, saying that states do not have the constitutional authority to regulate the tenure of federal legislators.

The effect of CI-64 was to prohibit the following public officials from seeking re-election if they have already held the office for 8 years in any 16-year period:

Governor Attorney General
Lieutenant Governor Superintendent of Public Instruction
Secretary of State State Representative
State Auditor State Senator
  • Please note that pursuant to passage of Senate Bill 311 in 2011 and based on the 2012 Attorney General opinion at 54-4, “a candidate may file for office if, at the time the candidate begins to serve in that office, he or she will have had an 8-year break in service over a 16-year period of time.”
  • For example, an individual who served from 1999 to 2007 would no longer be prohibited by term limits from filing for the same office in 2014, since as of the time the individual begins to serve in 2015, there will have been a 8-year break in service (from January 2007- January 2015).

An official can be re-elected by write-in vote, even after serving 8 years in a 16-year period.

Executive Branch

Certain top elected executive officials were elected in 2016 and were re-elected in 2020, so they will reach their term limit in 2024:

The following top elected executive officials were elected in 2020, and if re-elected in 2024 will be term limited in 2028:

Public Service Commission

Pursuant to 69-1-105, MCA, Public Service Commissioners are also subject to term limits:

One Commissioner was elected in 2014, was re-elected in 2018, and will be term limited in 2022:

One Commissioner was elected in 2016, was re-elected in 2020, and will be term limited in 2024:

One Commissioner was elected in 2018, and if re-elected in 2022 will be term limited in 2026:

Two Commissioner were elected in 2020, and if re-elected in 2024 will be term limited in 2028:

State Senate

2021 members of the state Senate, who are elected for four-year terms, will be term-limited from this body according to the following schedule:

District

Senator

Ineligible

1

Mike Cuffe

2026

2

Carl Glimm

2028

3

Keith Regier

2024

4

Mark W. Blasdel

2022

5

Bob Keenan

2022

6

Greg Hertz

2028

7

Bob Brown

2028

8

Susan A. Webber

2026

9

Bruce (Butch) Gillespie

2026

10

Steve Fitzpatrick

2024

11

Tom Jacobson

2026

12

Carlie Boland

2024

13

Brian Hoven

2022

14

Russel E Tempel

2024

15

Ryan Osmundson

2024

16

Mike Fox

2028

17

Mike Lang

2024

18

Steve Hinebauch

2024

19

Kenneth Bogner

2026

20

Duane Ankney

2022

21

Jason D Small

2024

22

Douglas “Doug” Kary

2022

23

Tom McGillvray

2028

24

Mary McNally

2022

25

Jen Gross

2024

26

Chris Friedel

2028

27

Cary L. Smith

2022

28

Brad Molnar

2028

29

David Howard

2022

30

John Esp

2026

31

Christopher Pope

2028

32

Pat Flowers

2026

33

Jennifer “JP” Pomnichowski

2022

34

Gordon “Gordy” Vance

2022

35

Walt Sales

2028

36

Jeff Welborn

2024

37

Ryan Lynch

2028

38

Edith (Edie) McClafferty

2024

39

Mark Sweeney

2028

40

Terry J. Gauthier

2024

41

Janet Ellis

2026

42

Jill Cohenour

2022

43

Jason W. Ellsworth

2026

44

Theresa Manzella

2028

45

Ellie Hill (Boldman)

2028

46

Shannon O’Brien

2028

47

Dan Salomon

2024

48

Shane Morigeau

2026

49

Diane Sands

2022

50

Bryce Bennett

2026

State House of Representatives

2021 members of the state House of Representatives, who are elected for two-year terms, will be term-limited from this body according to the following schedule:

District

Representative

Ineligible

1

Steve Gunderson

2024

2

Neil A Duram

2026

3

Braxton Mitchell

2028

4

Matt Regier

2024

5

Dave Fern

2024

6

Amy Regier

2028

7

Frank Garner

2022

8

John Fuller

2026

9

Brian Putnam

2028

10

Mark Noland

2022

11

Derek Skees

2022

12

Linda Reksten

2028

13

Paul C. Fielder

2028

14

Denley M. Loge

2024

15

Marvin R. Weatherwax Jr

2026

16

Tyson T Running Wolf

2026

17

Ross H Fitzgerald

2024

18

Llew Jones

2026

19

Wendy McKamey

2022

20

Fred Anderson

2024

21

Ed Buttrey

2026

22

Lola Sheldon-Galloway

2024

23

Scot Kerns

2028

24

Steven Galloway

2028

25

Steve Gist

2028

26

Jeremy Trebas

2026

27

Josh J Kassmier

2026

28

Ed Hill

2028

29

Dan Bartel

2024

30

E. Wylie Galt

2022

31

Frank J. Smith

2028

32

Jonathan Windy Boy

2024

33

Casey Knudsen

2024

34

Rhonda Knudsen

2026

35

Brandon Ler

2028

36

Bob Phalen

2028

37

Jerry Schillinger

2028

38

Kenneth Holmlund

2022

39

Geraldine Custer

2022

40

Barry Usher

2024

41

Rynalea Whiteman Pena

2028

42

Sharon Stewart Peregoy

2024

43

Kerri Seekins-Crowe

2028

44

Larry Brewster

2026

45

Katie Zolnikov

2026

46

Bill Mercer

2026

47

Kathy Kelker

2022

48

Jessica L Karjala

2022

49

Emma Kerr-Carpenter

2026

50

Mallerie Stromswold

2028

51

Frank Fleming

2024

52

Jimmy Patelis

2026

53

Dennis Lenz

2022

54

Terry Moore

2026

55

Vince Ricci

2022

56

Sue Vinton

2024

57

Fiona Nave

2028

58

Seth Berglee

2022

59

Marty Malone

2028

60

Laurie Bishop

2024

61

Jim Hamilton

2024

62

Ed Stafman

2028

63

Alice Buckley

2028

64

Jane Gillette

2028

65

Kelly Kortum

2028

66

Denise Hayman

2022

67

Jedediah Hinkle

2028

68

Caleb Hinkle

2028

69

Jennifer Carlson

2028

70

Julie Dooling

2026

71

Kenneth M Walsh

2028

72

Tom Welch

2024

73

Jim Keane

2024

74

Derek J. Harvey

2026

75

Marta Bertoglio

2028

76

Donavon Hawk

2028

77

Sara Novak

2028

78

Gregory L. Frazer

2028

79

Rob Farris-Olsen

2026

80

Becky Beard

2024

81

Mary Caferro

2026

82

Moffie Funk

2022

83

Kim Abbott

2024

84

Mary Ann Dunwell

2022

85

Michele Binkley

2028

86

David Bedey

2026

87

Ron Marshall

2028

88

Sharon Greef

2026

89

Katie Sullivan

2026

90

Marilyn Marler

2026

91

Connie Keogh

2026

92

Mike Hopkins

2024

93

Joe Read

2024

94

Tom France

2028

95

Danny Tenenbaum

2028

96

Kathy Whitman

2028

97

Brad Tschida

2022

98

Willis Curdy

2022

99

Mark Thane

2028

100

Andrea Olsen

2022

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