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Last updated 8:32 PM Mar 1, 2021

Sen. Jason Ellsworth

Representing SD 43
Hamilton, Darby

Ellsworth previously served in the Senate in 2019.

SD 43 election results

Last in-cycle for Senate election in 2018. House seats are elected every two years, Senate seats every four.

General election vote, 2018

(R) JASON W. ELLSWORTH(Independent)62%38%
Won by 24% (2,716 votes)

Party primary vote, 2018

(R) JASON W. ELLSWORTH(R)(R)41%35%24%
Won by 6% (264 votes)

Governor vote in district, 2020

(R) GIANFORTE(D)(L)65%32%
Won by 32% (4,568 votes)

Voting statistics

Of 536 Senate floor votes involving bills:
92%With majority of Senate lawmakers
97%With majority of GOP caucus
61%With majority of Dem. caucus
Ellsworth has been absent or excused for 15 votes.
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Bills sponsored

SR 2: Approve organization of Bitterroot valley community college district
From Jason Ellsworth (R)Bill text
First chamber
Tabled in committee
SJ 15: Approve organization of Bitterroot valley community college district
First chamber
Passed second reading vote
SB 51: Exempting certain fiber optic, coaxial cable from property taxation
Tax incentives intended to spur rural broadband internet development
Second chamber
In committee
SB 52: Revise lodging facility use tax and sales tax on lodging and rental cars
Second chamber
In committee
SB 54: Require reviews of experimental on-site wastewater treatment systems
Before governor
SB 56: Make MDT, FWP employee grievance procedures same as for other state employees
Before governor
SB 114: Revise the homestead exemption
In reconciliation
SB 143: Generally revise laws re Class B-10 and Class B-11 elk and deer licenses
First chamber
In committee
SB 297: ConnectMT Act to establish broadband deployment
First chamber
Passed second reading vote
SB 327: Revise waste of game law
First chamber
Out of committee
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Committee assignments

  • Senate Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs
  • Senate Local Government
  • Senate Rules
  • Senate Fish and Game

News coverage

MTFP stories involving this lawmaker
Promoting rural broadband with tax breaks
Legislature to get dedicated contact tracer
Legislative session will be in-person and virtual, per Rules Committee
COVID and the Capitol
Newly elected lawmakers pick leaders for 2021 session

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