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House of Representatives

Senate, 2017

Members l Leaders l Committees l Audio/Video Broadcasts l Key Staff l Contact

The Senate is one of 2 chambers of the Montana Legislature. The other is the House of Representatives.

The Senate and House are responsible for organizing and establishing rules to govern their respective chambers. The Senate is governed by Senate Rules 2017 and Joint Rules 2017. The latter apply to both the House and Senate. Members of each chamber adopt new rules at the beginning of each legislative session.


The Senate is made up of 50 members elected to 4-year terms. Montanans elect half of the 50 members every 2 years. If you're not sure who represents you in the Senate, see "Find a Montana Legislator."


President of the Senate Scott Sales (R)
President Pro Tempore Bob Keenan (R)
Majority Leader Fred Thomas (R)
Majority Whips Mark Blasdel (R)
Edward Buttrey (R)
Cary Smith (R)
Minority Leader Jon Sesso (D)
Minority Whip Tom Facey (D)
JP Pomnichowski (D)


There are 17 Senate committees, which meet on varying schedules to hear public comment on proposed legislation. All committee meetings are open to the public. Members of the Senate Finance and Claims Committee also serve on several joint subcommittees, which meet to review and debate state spending proposals.
Printable version of Senate Committees

Audio/Video Broadcasts

Watch or listen to floor sessions and committee hearings live over the Internet. Or watch or listen to archived broadcasts of previous floor sessions and committees.

Key Staff

Secretary of the Senate
Marilyn Miller
Room 302B, State Capitol

Sergeant at Arms
Carl Spencer
Room 375, State Capitol

Session Contact Information

By Phone
During legislative sessions, which occur in the first 4 months of odd-numbered years, you may leave a message for a legislator by calling the Session Information Desk, (406) 444-4800. This service is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to adjournment on Saturdays.

By Mail
Address letters to:
Senator (NAME)
Montana Senate
P.O. Box 200500
Helena, MT 59620-0500

By Online Message Form
Send a message to your legislator using the Legislative Branch online message form. This form is activated on the first day of each legislative session.

By Fax

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