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Steve Daines
Image of Steve Daines

U.S. Senate Montana

Tenure

2015 - Present

Term ends

2027

Years in position

6

Prior offices
U.S. House Montana At-large District

Compensation

Base salary

$174,000

Net worth

(2012) $24,400,006

Elections and appointments
Last elected

November 3, 2020

Education

High school

Bozeman High School

Bachelor's

Montana State University

Personal
Religion
Christian: Presbyterian
Profession
Business
Contact

Steve Daines (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Montana. He assumed office on January 6, 2015. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Daines (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Montana. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Daines was first elected to the Senate in 2014.[1]

Daines is a member of the Senate Committees on Indian Affairs; Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Appropriations; Energy and Natural Resources; and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Before being elected to the Senate, Daines was a member of the U.S. House, representing Montana's At-Large Congressional District from 2013 to 2015.[2]

In 2007, Daines served as then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's (R) Montana presidential campaign chairman. He was also the 2008 Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Montana.[3]

Contents

Biography

Daines was born in Van Nuys, California, and his family moved to Bozeman, Montana, when he was a child.[4][5] Daines graduated from Bozeman High School and went on to earn a B.S. in chemical engineering from Montana State University. He worked for Procter & Gamble for 13 years, both in the United States and abroad. In 1997, he and his family returned to Bozeman, where Daines joined RightNow Technologies, a start-up business that went public in 2004. In 2007, Daines served as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's Montana campaign chairman. He was also the 2008 Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Daines' academic, professional, and political career:[6]

Elections

2020

See also: United States Senate election in Montana, 2020

United States Senate election in Montana, 2020 (June 2 Republican primary)

United States Senate election in Montana, 2020 (June 2 Democratic primary)

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Montana

Incumbent Steve Daines defeated Steve Bullock in the general election for U.S. Senate Montana on November 3, 2020.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Steve Daines (R)
 
55.0
 
333,174

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Steve Bullock (D)
 
45.0
 
272,463

Total votes: 605,637
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Montana

Steve Bullock defeated John Mues and Mike Knoles (Unofficially withdrew) in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Montana on June 2, 2020.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Steve Bullock
 
95.5
 
144,949

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John Mues
 
2.5
 
3,740

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Mike Knoles (Unofficially withdrew)
 
2.1
 
3,165

Total votes: 151,854
Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate Montana

Incumbent Steve Daines defeated John Driscoll and Daniel Larson in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate Montana on June 2, 2020.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Steve Daines
 
88.0
 
192,942

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John Driscoll
 
6.4
 
13,944

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Daniel Larson
 
5.6
 
12,319

Total votes: 219,205

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Green primary election
Green primary for U.S. Senate Montana

Wendie Fredrickson defeated Dennis Daneke in the Green primary for U.S. Senate Montana on June 2, 2020.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Wendie Fredrickson
 
66.4
 
504

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Dennis Daneke
 
33.6
 
255

Total votes: 759

Withdrawn or disqualified candidates

Candidate profile

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Incumbent: Yes

Political Office: 

Biography: 

Daines received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University. His professional experience included working in management at Procter & Gamble and RightNow Technologies, a start-up software business that went public in 2004.

Key messages

  • Daines said he created jobs during his time in Congress, and that his experience in the private sector informed his support for increasing American manufacturing and coronavirus small business loans.

  • Daines said he worked across the aisle to pass conservation bills in Congress to preserve Montana’s public lands.

  • Daines described Steve Bullock as too liberal for Montana and said Bullock would side with national Democrats on issues like healthcare, environmental regulation, and firearm regulation.

This information was current as of the candidate's run for U.S. Senate Montana in 2020



2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2014

In 2014, Daines won election to the U.S. Senate, representing Montana. Daines won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[7] He defeated Amanda Curtis (D) and Roger Roots (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

U.S. Senate, Montana General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Daines 57.8% 213,709
     Democratic Amanda Curtis 40.1% 148,184
     Libertarian Roger Roots 2.1% 7,933
Total Votes 369,826
Source: Montana Secretary of State
U.S. Senate, Montana Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Daines 83.4% 110,565
Susan Cundiff 9% 11,909
Champ Edmunds 7.7% 10,151
Total Votes 132,625
Source: Montana Secretary of State - Official Primary Results

Polls

A poll released in November 2013 by Public Policy Polling showed that regardless of the candidate, Daines was likely to win the seat in 2014. In a match-up against Democrat John Walsh, Daines led 52 percent to 35 percent. In a match-up against Democrat John Bohlinger, Daines led 51 percent to 36 percent.[8]

Residency

Daines was born in California, but moved to Montana when he was only a year old. His family had lived in Montana for generations, but his parents moved to California for a job during Daines' mother's pregnancy. Because Daines was born out of the state, the Montana Democratic Party (MDP) complained that Daines was being dishonest when he referred to himself as a "third-generation Montanan" in an interview. The MDP also explained that Daines later contradicted his statement by calling himself a "fifth-generation Montanan" in a campaign ad.[9] On February 26, 2014, the Montana Democratic Party asked that Daines release his birth certificate in order to “clear up confusion about his roots.”[10]

In a press release, the MDP stated, “The Congressman is so desperate for ties to Montana that he’s confused the facts and himself.”[9] A spokeswoman for Daines' campaign responded, “[Democrats] may be able to dictate the way Montanans live their lives, but unless Montana Democrats want to move Steve’s great-great-grandmother’s grave, they can’t change Steve’s strong heritage as a fifth-generation Montanan."[9]

Media

  • In November 2013, Daines began airing his first campaign ads for the 2014 election cycle. In these ads, he mentioned veterans and the sacrifices they made for the country. He said in the ads, "Our veterans made enormous sacrifices to protect our country and defend our freedoms. We can never repay that debt. But we can honor their sacrifice. That's why I’m working across the aisle to protect our veterans’ hard-earned benefits and ensure that we are meeting their healthcare needs. Our Veterans medical centers too often fall short, and that is simply unacceptable. We must do more to help our younger veterans transition into the workforce after their service is complete. They have important skills, but too often go without work."[11]
Steve Daines campaign ad released on May 6, 2014
Daines ad attacking John Walsh and John Bohlinger
Daines ad attacking John Walsh

2012

See also: Montana's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

Daines ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Montana's At-Large District. He defeated Eric Brosten and Vincent Melkus in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012.[12][13]

U.S. House, Montana, At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kim Gillan 42.7% 204,939
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Daines 53.3% 255,468
     Libertarian David Kaiser 4% 19,333
Total Votes 479,740
Source: Montana Secretary of State "2012 Election Center"
Montana's At-Large District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Daines 71.2% 82,843
Eric Brosten 18.1% 21,012
Vincent Melkus 10.7% 12,420
Total Votes 116,275

Campaign themes

2020

Ballotpedia survey responses

See also: Ballotpedia's Candidate Connection

Steve Daines did not complete Ballotpedia's 2020 Candidate Connection survey.

Campaign website

Daine’s campaign website stated the following:

Steve Daines is a fifth generation Montanan, a lifelong sportsman, a father of four, and Cindy’s husband, serving the people of Montana in the U.S. Senate. Steve is committed to putting Montana first as he works to bring real change to Washington and fights for common sense solutions.

A fifth-generation Montanan, Steve was elected to serve the people of Montana in the United States House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Two years later, Steve was elected to serve the people of Montana in the United States Senate on November 4th, 2014. As a United States Senator, Steve is fighting to create jobs, secure our borders, cut government spending, and protect our Second Amendment rights.

Steve Daines for U.S. Senate Steve’s Montana journey dates back to his great-great-grandmother Karine Dyrud, who immigrated from Norway in 1869. As a widow and mother of seven children, she moved westward from Minnesota and homesteaded on the northern plains of Montana 23 miles east of Conrad. She is buried in a small Montana country cemetery near the Golden West Lutheran Church and her tombstone sums up her life in three short words — “Saved by Grace”. Six generations later, this legacy of faith, freedom, and opportunity still exists in Steve’s family.

Steve’s mom and dad grew up in Billings. His dad graduated from Billings Senior High School and enlisted in the Marines. He later graduated from The University of Montana with a degree in Business. In 1964, Steve’s parents moved to Bozeman. With three children at home under the age of ten and virtually no money in their pockets, Steve’s parents started a home construction business in Bozeman.

Steve attended public schools in Bozeman from kindergarten through high school and during his senior year at Bozeman High, Steve was elected Student Body President. Through scholarships and summer jobs working construction, Steve put himself through college at Montana State University. He graduated with Highest Honors earning a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering and, after graduation, left Montana to work for Procter & Gamble. Steve’s thirteen-year management career at P&G was split between work in the United States and international assignments.

Steve Daines for U.S. Senate In 1997, Steve and his wife Cindy moved the family back to Montana. Steve left P&G and returned home to Bozeman, joining his mom and dad in the family construction business. In 2000, Steve joined RightNow Technologies, a small start-up business founded and headquartered in Bozeman. His first assignment was VP of Customer Service, and also served in various executive capacities including VP Asia-Pacific. The company experienced rapid growth and in 2004, became a publicly traded software company. RightNow employed over 1000 people and was one of the largest employers in Bozeman, and later acquired by Oracle.

Steve and Cindy have been married 33 years, and have four children. They enjoy backpacking, hunting, skiing, and fishing. [14]

Steve Daines’ campaign website (2020)[15]


Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2021-2022

Daines was assigned to the following committees:[Source]

2019-2020

Daines was assigned to the following committees:[Source]

2017-2018

At the beginning of the 115th Congress, Daines was assigned to the following committees:[16]

2015-2016

Daines served on the following committees:[17]

U.S. House

2013-2014

Daines served on the following committees:[18]

United States House Committee on Natural Resources

Key votes

See also: Key votes

Ballotpedia monitors legislation that receives a vote and highlights the ones that we consider to be key to understanding where elected officials stand on the issues. To read more about how we identify key votes, click here.

Key votes: 116th Congress, 2019-2020

Key votes: 115th Congress, 2017-2018

For detailed information about each vote, click here.

Key votes: Previous sessions of Congress

Issues

National security

Rand Paul Patriot Act filibuster

On May 20, 2015, Senator Rand Paul (Ky.) conducted a nearly 11 hour filibuster of the renewal of provisions in the USA PATRIOT ACT. Paul specifically argued against the mass collection of metadata by the National Security Agency and warrantless wiretapping. He asked Senate leadership to allow members of Congress to debate reauthorizing the USA PATRIOT ACT and propose amendments to HR 2048 - the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015, rather than simply casting an up or down vote on the legislation. Daines was one of 10 senators who asked Paul questions during the filibuster.

Letter to Iran

On March 9, 2015, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote a letter to Iran's leadership, warning them that signing a nuclear deal with the Obama administration without congressional approval was merely an "executive agreement." The letter also stated that "The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time." The letter was signed by 47 Republican members of the Senate. Daines was one of the 47 who signed the letter. No Democrats signed it.[114]

The letter caused backlash from both the Obama administration and members of Congress.[115] Vice President Joe Biden said of the letter, "In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them."[116]

Presidential preference

Campaign donors


Comprehensive donor history


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Steve Daines campaign contribution history
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. Senate (Montana)  ✔ $7,512,469
Grand total raised $7,512,469

Source: Follow the Money



2014

Daines won election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. During that election cycle, Daines' campaign committee raised a total of $7,512,469 and spent $6,668,759.[117] This is less than the average $10.6 million spent by Senate winners in 2014.[118]

Cost per vote

Daines spent $31.20 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. Senate, Montana, 2014 - Steve Daines Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $7,512,469
Total Spent $6,668,759
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $977,379
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $968,388
Top contributors to Steve Daines's campaign committee
Elliott Management$118,200
Koch Industries$41,200
Procter & Gamble$32,900
Amway/Alticor Inc$28,000
Langlas & Assoc$26,800
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$596,511
Securities & Investment$494,192
Oil & Gas$424,469
Leadership PACs$334,267
Real Estate$239,375

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Daines' reports.[119]

2012

Daines won the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Daines' campaign committee raised a total of $1,830,491 and spent $2,021,596.[129]

Cost per vote

Daines spent $7.92 per vote received in 2012.


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Daines' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $9,250,012 and $39,550,000. That averages to $24,400,006, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Daines ranked as the 26th most wealthy representative in 2012.[130] Between 2011 and 2012, Daines' calculated net worth[131] increased by an average of 76 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[132]

Steve Daines Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$13,867,089
2012$24,400,006
Growth from 2011 to 2012:76%
Average annual growth:76%[133]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[134]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership, and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Daines received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 2009-2014, 27.78 percent of Daines' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[135]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Steve Daines Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $7,067,176
Total Spent $5,339,379
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$577,253
Oil & Gas$426,182
Securities & Investment$423,075
Leadership PACs$343,817
General Contractors$192,700
% total in top industry8.17%
% total in top two industries14.2%
% total in top five industries27.78%

Analysis

Senate tenure

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Daines missed 0 of 269 roll call votes from January 2015 to September 2015. This amounts to 0 percent, which is better than the median of 1.6 percent among current senators as of September 2015.[136]

House tenure

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Daines was a moderate Republican follower as of July 2014.[137]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[138]

Daines most often voted with:

Daines least often voted with:


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Daines missed 10 of 1,097 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.9 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[137]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Daines ranked 105th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[139]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Daines voted with the Republican Party 94.5 percent of the time, which ranked 108th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[140]

2013

Daines voted with the Republican Party 96.7 percent of the time, which ranked 92nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[141]

Personal

Note: Please contact us if the personal information below requires an update.
Daines has been married to his wife, Cindy, for over 25 years. Daines proposed to his wife on top of a mountain, Hyalite Peak, in Montana.[142] They have four children and live in Bozeman, Montana.[3] Daines and his wife are members of the Springhill Presbyterian Church.[143]

Recent news

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See also


External links

Footnotes

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Walsh (D)
U.S. Senate - Montana
2015-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Denny Rehberg (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Montana At-Large District
2013-2015
Succeeded by
Ryan Zinke (R)