Jeff Essmann

Jeff Essmann REPRepublican

Montana State Senator

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Jeff EssmannREPRepublican Montana State Senator
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Jeff Essmann (born June 29, 1952) is an American politician and a Republican former member of the Montana Senate. Essmann was appointed to the Montana Senate in 2005 to represent Senate District 28. He was subsequently elected in 2006, and reelected in 2010. Essmann served as the president of the Montana Senate from 2013 to 2015. He is most notable for proposing Senate Bill 423 to legalize use of medical marijuana in Montana.Essmann ran for Governor of Montana in 2012 election. He withdrew after it was determined that he lacked the necessary funds and support. He also ran in the 2017 Billings mayoral election, but was defeated by Bill Cole in the second round by a 28% margin.Essmann served as the chairman of the Montana Republican Party from 2015 to 2017.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
University of Montana
JD
1977
Illinois Institute of Technology
BS Industrial Engineering
1974
Past Positions1 - 12 of 12
Representative
Montana State House of Representatives
2014 - 2019
Senator
Montana State Senate
2005 - 2015
Precinct Committeeman
Precinct 69 Poly Drive School
1982 - 1998
Delegate
Republican National Convention
1996
Majority Leader
Montana State Senate
Owner
No Cash Water
2007 - Current
Owner
Valet Today Cleaners
1982 - 2006
Director
Trinity Lutheran School
1984 - 1986
Owner
Esstech Limited Liability Corporation
1985 - Current
Attorney
Sandall and Cavan Law Firm
1981
Attorney
The Montana Power Company
1979 - 1981
Attorney
Lynaugh and Fitzgerald
1977 - 1979
Other Experience1 - 23 of 23
Director
Billings Bike Network
2001 - 2006
Chair
Montana Guardian Advisory Council, National Federation Independent Businesses
1992 - 2002
Member
Billings Breakfast Exchange Club
1988 - 2002
Director
Billings Breakfast Exchange Foundation
1998 - 2001
Member
Beartooth Paddler's Society
1997 - 2000
Volunteer
Big Brothers Big Sisters
1981 - 1988
Member
National Federation of Independent Businesses
Board Member
Yellowstone County Planning Board
1998 - 2001
Member
West Billings Growth Policy Sub-Committee
1998 - 2001
Chair
Small Business Assistance Program, Montana Department of Commerce
1995 - 1999
Chair
Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee
1995 - 1999
Delegate
White House Conference on Small Business
1995
Former Member
Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee, Montana State Senate
Former Member
Education and Cultural Resources Committee, Montana State Senate
Former Member
Judiciary Committee, Montana State Senate
Former Chair
Taxation Committee, Montana State House of Representatives
Former Chair
Rules Committee, Montana State House of Representatives
Former Chair
State Administration Committee, Montana State House of Representatives
Former Member
Finance and Claims Committee, Montana State Senate
Former Member
Taxation Committee, Montana State Senate
Former Member
Rules Committee, Montana State Senate
Former Member
Energy and Telecommunications Committee, Montana State Senate
Former Vice Chair
Education Committee, Montana State House of Representatives