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 2012, and were re-elected in 2016, so they will reach their term limit in 2020:

The following top elected executive officials were elected in 2016 and if re-elected in 2020 will be term limited in 2024:

Public Service Commission

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

Two Commissioners were elected in 2012, and were re-elected in 2016, so each will reach his term limit in 2020:

One Commissioner was elected in 2014, and if re-elected in 2018, will reach his term limit in 2022:

One Commissioner was elected in 2016, and if re-elected in 2020, will reach his term limit in 2024:

One Commissioner was elected in 2018 and will reach his term limit in 2026:

State Senate

2019 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 Dee L. Brown 2020
3 Keith Regier 2024
4 Mark W. Blasdel 2022
5 Bob Keenan 2022
6 Albert Olszewski 2024
7 Jennifer Fielder 2020
8 Susan A. Webber 2026
9 Bruce (Butch) Gillespie 2026
10 Steve Fitzpatrick 2024
11 Tom Jacobson 2026
12 Carlie Boland 2026
13 Brian Hoven 2022
14 Russel E. Tempel 2026
15 Ryan Osmundson 2024
16 Frank Smith 2024
17 Mike Lang 2024
18 Steve Hinebauch 2024
19 Kenneth Bogner 2026
20 Duane Ankney 2022
21 Jason Small 2024
22 Douglas Kary 2022
23 Roger Webb 2020
24 Mary McNally 2022
25 Jen Gross 2024
26 Margaret  MacDonald 2024
27 Cary L. Smith 2022
28 Tom Richmond 2024
29 David Howard 2022
30 John Esp 2026
31 Mike Phillips 2020
32 Pat Flowers 2026
33 Jennifer Pomnichowski 2022
34 Gordon Vance 2022
35 Scott Sales 2020
36 Jeffrey Welborn 2024
37 Jon Sesso 2020
38 Edie McClafferty 2024
39 Gene Vuckovich 2020
40 Terry Gauthier 2024
41 Janet Ellis 2026
42 Jill Cohenour 2022
43 Jason W. Ellsworth 2026
44 Fred Thomas 2020
45 Dick Barrett 2020
46 Sue Malek 2020
47 Daniel Salomon 2024
48 Nate McConnell 2026
49 Diane Sands 2022
50 Bryce Bennett 2026

State House of Representatives

2019 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 Zac Perry 2022
4 Matt Regier 2024
5 Dave Fern 2024
6 Carl Glimm 2020
7 Frank Garner 2022
8 John Fuller 2026
9 David Dunn 2026
10 Mark Noland 2022
11 Derek Skees 2022
12 Gerg Hertz 2020
13 Bob Brown 2022
14 Denley M. Loge 2024
15 Marvin R. Weatherwax Jr. 2026
16 Tyson T. Runningwolf 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 Brad Hamlett 2024
24 Barbara Bessette 2026
25 Jasmine Krotkov 2026
26 Casey Schreiner 2020
27 Joshua J. Kassmier 2026
28 Jacob D. Bachmier 2024
29 Dan Bartel 2024
30 E. Wylie Galt 2022
31 Bridget Smith 2020
32 Jonathan Windy Boy 2024
33 Casey Knudson 2024
34 Rhonda Knudson 2026
35 Joel G. Krautter 2026
36 Alan Doane 2020
37 Frederick (Eric) Moore 2026
38 Kenneth Holmlund 2022
39 Geraldine Custer 2022
40 Barry Usher 2024
41 Rae Peppers 2020
42 Sharon Stewart Peregoy 2024
43 Peggy Webb 2024
44 Dale Mortensen 2022
45 Daniel Zolnikov 2020
46 Bill Mercer 2026
47 Kathy Kelker 2022
48 Jessica L. Karjala 2022
49 Emma Kerr-Carpenter 2026
50 Jade Bahr 2026
51 Frank Fleming 2026
52 Rodney Garcia 2026
53 Dennis Lenz 2022
54 Terry Moore 2026
55 Vince Ricci 2022
56 Sue Vinton 2024
57 Forrest J. Mandeville 2022
58 Seth Berglee 2022
59 Alan Redfield 2020
60 Laurie Bishop 2024
61 Jim Hamilton 2024
62 Tom Woods 2020
63 Zach Brown 2022
64 Kerry E. White 2020
65 Christopher Pope 2026
66 Denise Hayman 2022
67 Tom Burnett 2020
68 Bruce Grubbs 2024
69 Walt Sales 2024
70 Julie Dooling 2026
71 Ray L. Shaw 2020
72 Tom Welch 2024
73 Jim Keane 2024
74 Derek J. Harvey 2026
75 Greg Devries 2026
76 Ryan Lynch 2020
77 Mark Sweeney 2026
78 Gordon Pierson Jr. 2020
79 Robert Farris-Olsen 2026
80 Becky Beard 2024
81 Mary M. Caferro 2026
82 Moffie Funk 2022
83 Kim Abbott 2024
84 Mary Ann Dunwell 2022
85 Theresa Manzella 2022
86 David Bedey 2026
87 Nancy Ballance 2020
88 Sharon Greef 2026
89 Katie Sullivan 2026
90 Marilyn Marler 2026
91 Connie Keogh 2026
92 Mike Hopkins 2024
93 Joe Read 2026
94 Kimberly P. Dudik 2020
95 Shane A. Morigeau 2024
96 Thomas Winter 2026
97 Bradley E. Tschida 2022
98 Willis Curdy 2022
99 Marilyn Ryan 2024
100 Andrea Olsen 2022
Montana Secretary of State – Corey Stapleton
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