Term Limits

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 will be term limited in 2024:

State Senate

2017 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
01 Chas Vincent 2018
02 Dee Brown 2020
03 Keith Regier 2024
04 Mark Blasdel 2022
05 Bob Keenan 2022
06 Albert Olszewski 2024
07 Jennifer Fielder 2020
08 Lea Whitford 2022
09 Llew Jones 2018
10 Steve Fitzpatrick  2024
11 Edward Buttrey 2018
12 Carlie Boland 2026
13 Brian Hoven 2022
14 Russel Tempel 2026
15 Ryan Osmundson 2024
16 Frank Smith  2024
17 Mike Lang 2024
18 Steve Hinebauch 2024
19 Frederick Moore 2018
20 Duane Ankney 2022
21 Jason Small  2024
22 Doug Kary 2022
23 Roger Webb 2020
24 Mary McNally 2022
25 Jen Gross 2024
26 Margie MacDonald 2024
27 Cary Smith 2022
28 Tom Richmond 2024
29 David Howard 2022
30 Nels Swandal 2022
31 Mike Phillips 2020
32 Jedediah Hinkle 2022
33 Jennifer Pomnichowski 2022
34 Gordon Vance 2022
35 Scott Sales 2020
36 Jeff Welborn 2024
37 Jon Sesso 2020
38 Edith McClafferty 2024
39 Gene Vuckovich 2020
40 Terry Gauthier  2024
41 Mary Caferro 2018
42 Jill Cohenour 2022
43 Patrick Connell 2022
44 Fred Thomas 2020
45 Dick Barrett 2020
46 Sue Malek 2020
47 Daniel Salomon 2024
48 Cynthia Wolken 2022
49 Diane Sands 2022
50 Tom Facey 2018

State House of Representatives

2017 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
01 Steve Gunderson  2024
02 Mike Cuffe 2018
03 Zac Perry 2022
04 Matt Regier 2024
05 Dave Fern  2024
06 Carl Glimm 2020
07 Frank Garner 2022
08 Steve Lavin 2018
09 Randy Brodehl 2018
10 Mark Noland 2022
11 Derek Skees 2022
12 Greg Hertz 2020
13 Bob Brown 2022
14 Denley Loge 2024
15 George Kipp 2022
16 Susan Webber 2022
17 Ross Fitzgerald 2024
18 Rob Cook 2018
19 Wendy McKamey 2022
20 Fred Anderson 2024
21 Tom Jacobson 2020
22 Lola Sheldon-Galloway  2024
23 Brad Hamlett 2024
24 Jean Price 2018
25 Jeremy Trebas 2024
26 Casey Schreiner 2020
27 James O'Hara  2024
28 Jacob Bachmeier 2024
29 Dan Bartel 2024
30 Wylie Galt 2022
31 Bridget Smith 2020
32 Jonathan Windy Boy 2024
33 Casey Knudsen 2024
34 Austin Knudsen 2018
35 Scott Staffanson 2022
36 Alan Doane 2020
37 Bill Harris  2018
38 Kenneth Holmlund 2022
39 Geraldine Custer 2022
40 Barry Usher 2024
41 Patricia Rae Peppers 2020
42 Sharon Stewart Peregoy 2024
43 Peggy Webb 2024
44 Dale Mortensen 2022
45 Daniel Zolnikov 2020
46 Donald Jones 2020
47 Kathy Kelker 2022
48 Jessica Karjala 2022
49 Kelly McCarthy 2020
50 Virginia Court 2018
51 Adam Rosendale  2024
52 Jimmy Patelis 2024
53 Dennis Lenz 2022
54 Jeff Essmann 2022
55 Vince Ricci 2022
56 Sue Vinton 2024
57 Forrest 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 White 2020
65 Jon Knokey 2024
66 Denise Hayman 2022
67 Tom Burnett 2020
68 Bruce Grubbs 2024
69 Walt Sales 2024
70 Kelly Flynn 2018
71 Ray Shaw 2020
72 Tom Welch 2024
73 Jim Keane 2024
74 Amanda Curtis  2022
75 Kirk Wagoner 2020
76 Ryan Lynch 2020
77 Kathy Swanson 2018
78 Gordon Pierson Jr 2020
79 Jenny Eck 2020
80 Becky Beard  2024
81 Janet Ellis 2022
82 Moffie Funk 2022
83 Kim Abbott  2024
84 Mary Ann Dunwell 2022
85 Theresa Manzella 2022
86 Ron Ehli 2018
87 Nancy Ballance 2020
88 Edward Greef 2018
89 Nate McConnell 2022
90 Ellie Hill Smith 2018
91 Bryce Bennett 2018
92 Mike Hopkins 2024
93 John Fleming 2022
94 Kimberly Dudik 2020
95 Shane Morigeau 2024
96 Adam Hertz 2024
97 Brad Tschida 2022
98 Willis Curdy 2022
99 Marilyn Ryan 2024
100 Andrea Olsen 2022