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:

Public Service Commission

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

One Commissioner was elected in 2010, and was re-elected in 2014, so he will reach his term limit in 2018:

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:


    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