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

2026

13

Brian Hoven

2022

14

Russel E Tempel

2026

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

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

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
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