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Johnny Isakson
United States Senator
from Georgia


Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Serving with David Perdue
Preceded byZell Miller
Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee


Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded byBernie Sanders
Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee


Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded byBarbara Boxer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 6th district
In office
February 23, 1999 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byNewt Gingrich
Succeeded byTom Price
Chairman of the Georgia Board of Education
In office
January 6, 1997 – February 26, 1999
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 21st district
In office
January 11, 1993 – January 6, 1997
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
In office
January 10, 1977 – January 14, 1991
Personal details
BornJohn Hardy Isakson
(1944-12-28) December 28, 1944 (age 73)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Dianne Davison
EducationUniversity of Georgia(BA)
WebsiteSenate website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service1966–1972
UnitGeorgia Air National Guard

John Hardy Isakson (born December 28, 1944) is the seniorUnited States Senator from Georgia, in office since 2005, and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, he represented Georgia's 6th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Isakson served in the Georgia Air National Guard (1966–1972) and graduated from the University of Georgia. He opened a real estate branch for Northside Realty and later served 22 years as the company's president. After a failed bid for the Georgia House of Representatives in 1974, he was elected in 1976. He served seven terms, including four as minority leader. Isakson was the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia in 1990, but lost. Two years later, he was elected to the Georgia Senate and served one term. He unsuccessfully ran in the Republican primary in the 1996 U.S. Senate elections.

After 6th District Congressman and Speaker of the HouseNewt Gingrich resigned, Isakson ran in the February 1999 special election to succeed him, winning by a 40-point margin. He ran for the U.S. Senate in November 2004 after conservativeDemocratic incumbent Zell Miller opted not to run for re-election. With the backing of much of Georgia's Republican establishment, he won both the primary and general elections by large margins. He is serving his third term after re-election to the Senate in 2016. He became the senior Senator when Saxby Chambliss retired in 2015.

Early life, education, and real estate career[edit]

Isakson was born on December 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Julia (née Baker) and Edwin Andrew Isakson, a Greyhound bus driver,[1] who later established an Atlanta real estate firm.[2] His paternal grandparents were of Swedish descent, and his paternal grandfather was born in Östersund. His mother is of mostly British ancestry, and her family has been in the American South since the colonial era.[3][4] He received an honorary degree in Doctor of Laws from Oglethorpe University in 2009.[5]

He currently lives in the nearby suburb of Marietta. He served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972, leaving service as a staff sergeant.[6] Isakson enrolled at the University of Georgia, where he became a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity.[7] Shortly after graduating from UGA, he opened the first Cobb County office of Northside Realty, a prominent Atlanta-area real estate firm that his father, Ed, helped to establish. Isakson became company president in 1979, a post he held for 22 years, during which Northside became the biggest independent real estate company in the Southeast and one of the largest in America.[8]

Early political career (1974–1998)[edit]

Georgia House of Representatives[edit]

In 1974, Isakson first ran for the Georgia House of Representatives in an eastern Cobb County district and lost. He ran again in 1976 and won. He served seven terms in the House. He won re-election unopposed in 1984[9] and 1988.[10] In the last four terms (1983–1990) he was the Republican Minority leader. In 1988, he was Co-Chair for U.S. Senator Bob Dole's presidential primary campaign.

1990 gubernatorial election[edit]

Main article: Georgia gubernatorial election, 1990

He was the Republican candidate for Governor of Georgia in 1990. He won the Republican primary with 74% of the vote in a four candidate field.[11] In the general election, he was defeated by DemocraticLieutenant GovernorZell Miller 53%–45%.[12] His campaign was managed by Jay Morgan while Miller's campaign was managed by James Carville. Miller ran on a pledge to start a state lottery and use the revenue for public schools. Isakson proposed a ballot referendum on the lottery.

Georgia Senate[edit]

In 1992, he was elected to the Georgia Senate. In 1996, he decided not to run for re-election to a second term and instead ran for the United States Senate.

1996 U.S. Senate election[edit]

See also: United States Senate election in Georgia, 1996

In 1996, he ran in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democratic U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. Isakson finished second in the primary election with 35% of the vote, but the winner Guy Millner, a millionaire businessman, failed to get a majority of the vote getting 42%.[13] Therefore, per Georgia law he was forced into a primary runoff election. Millner defeated Isakson in the runoff 53%–47%.[14] Millner lost to Democrat Max Cleland.

In December 1996, Isakson was appointed head of the State Board of Education by Miller.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives (1999–2005)[edit]



In November 1998, 6th District U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the HouseNewt Gingrich faced a revolt in his caucus after the Republicans lost five seats in the midterm elections. Amid the turmoil, Gingrich announced on Friday after the Tuesday elections not only that he would not run for a third term as Speaker, but he would also not take his seat for an eleventh term beginning in January 1999. Isakson ran for the seat in a special election in February. He won the election with 65% of the vote, up forty points ahead of the second-place finisher Christina Fawcett Jeffrey.[16]


He won re-election to his first full term with 75% of the vote.[17]


He won re-election to his second full term with 80% of the vote.[18]

War in Iraq

In October 2002, Isakson voted in favor of the authorization of force against the country of Iraq.[19]


During his tenure in the House of Representatives, Isakson served on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, aiding President Bush in passing the No Child Left Behind Act.[1] As a Representative, Isakson sponsored 27 bills.[20]

Committee assignments[edit]

He was a member of the U.S. House Education Committee.[21]

U.S. Senate (2005–present)[edit]



See also: United States Senate election in Georgia, 2004

In early 2003, conservativeDemocratic U.S. Senator Zell Miller—who had been appointed to fill out the term of the late Republican Senator Paul Coverdell and elected to the post in his own right in 2000—declared his intention not to run for a full term in the Senate in 2004. Isakson immediately entered the race. He faced 8th District U.S. Congressman Mac Collins and businessman Herman Cain in the primary.

It was initially thought Isakson would face a difficult primary since many socially conservative Republicans still felt chagrin at Isakson's declared support for abortion rights in 1990. However, he won the Republican primary with 53%, with Cain a distant second and Collins third. In the general election, he easily defeated the Democratic candidate, 4th District Congresswoman Denise Majette, by 18 points. Isakson's election marked the first time in Georgia's history that both of the state's U.S. Senate seats had been held by Republicans, as Saxby Chambliss had won the other seat by defeating Nunn's successor, Max Cleland, two years earlier.


See also: United States Senate election in Georgia, 2010

In 2010, he was unopposed in the primary. Isakson won re-election with 58% of the vote in 2010, defeating State Commissioner of Labor Mike Thurmond. In 2010, Isakson apologized for referring to voters as "the unwashed" in off-hand comments, saying he "didn't mean anything derogatory by it."[22]


As a Senator, Isakson has sponsored over 130 bills.[23]

Current committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

When compared to his Republican peers in the Senate, Isakson is rated as being close to the average level of conservativeness.[24] As of 2014, Isakson had a lifetime rating of 84.25 by the American Conservative Union.[25] He received a "Hero of the Taxpayer" award by Citizens Against Government Waste in 2011.[26]


Isakson is personally opposed to abortion, except in cases of rape or incest or when the life of the mother is in danger.[27]


In 2011, Isakson voted to limit the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.[28] In 2013, he voted for a concurrent resolution creating a point of order which would make it harder for Congress to put a price on carbon.[29][30] In a series of roll call votes attached to debate about the Keystone Pipeline on January 21, 2015,[31] he voted against Amendment 87[32] by Senator John Hoeven that climate change is real and human activity contributes to climate change, and against Amendment 58 by Senator Brian Schatz,[33] that human activity "significantly" contributes to climate change. In 2015, he voted against the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.[34]

Gun law[edit]

Isakson had an "A" rating by the National Rifle Association in 2013[35]

In 2017, Isakson stated that while he does support concealed carry nationwide, he does not support campus carry, stating that it is "not the appropriate thing to do."[36]


Isakson voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and has since voted over 60 times in favor of ending it.[37]


Isakson favors tougher border security to address the immigration issue.[38] He is credited for developing the "Isakson Principle," which denies the legalization of status to any illegal immigrant or the creation of a temporary worker program unless the Secretary of Homeland Security certifies ("triggers") to the president and Congress that measurable border security provisions are in place.[39]

Personal life[edit]

Isakson and his wife Dianne have three children: John, Kevin and Julie. He has grandchildren as well. Kevin married Katherine James and has three kids (oldest to youngest) Elizabeth, Sarah Katherine, and William. In June, 2015, he disclosed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and that the diagnosis will not affect his 2016 re-election plans.[40]

Electoral history[edit]

See also: United States Senate election in Georgia, 2010

U.S. Senate Republican Primary election in Georgia, 1996
RepublicanGuy Millner187,17742%
RepublicanJohnny Isakson155,14135%
RepublicanClint Day83,61019%
RepublicanPaul Broun11,9793%
RepublicanBruce Hatfield6,1171%
RepublicanDean Parkison2,6311%
U.S. Senate Republican Primary Runoff election in Georgia, 1996
RepublicanGuy Millner169,24053%
RepublicanJohnny Isakson151,56047%
1999 special election[42]Johnny Isakson*51,54865.1%Other candidates27,66534.9%
2000Johnny Isakson(inc.)256,59575%Brett DeHart86,66625%
2002Johnny Isakson (inc.)163,52580%Jeff Weisberger41,20420%

* Newt Gingrich resigned his term on January 3, 1999, and Isakson won the special election to succeed him. Candidates from all parties appeared on the same ballot; their party affiliations were not listed.

YearDemocraticVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct3rd partyPartyVotesPct
2004Denise L. Majette1,287,69040%Johnny Isakson1,864,20258%Allen BuckleyLibertarian69,0512%*
2010Mike Thurmond996,51639%Johnny Isakson1,489,90458%Chuck DonovanLibertarian68,7503%
2016Jim F. Barksdale1,599,72641%Johnny Isakson2,135,80655%Allen BuckleyLibertarian162,2604%

*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2004, write-ins received 31 votes and Matthew Jamison received 7 votes.

U.S. Senate Republican Primary election in Georgia, 2004
RepublicanJohnny Isakson346,76553%
RepublicanHerman Cain170,46426%
RepublicanMac Collins134,05321%
U.S. Senate Republican Primary election in Georgia, 2016
RepublicanJohnny Isakson (inc.)447,66178%
RepublicanDerrick Grayson69,10112%
RepublicanMary Kay Bacallao60,89811%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ab"GEORGIA Johnny Isakson (R)". Washington Post. November 4, 2004. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  2. ^"Atlanta roots lie under real estate's family tree". Atlanta Business Chronicle. May 10, 2010. 
  3. ^"Floor Statement on Immigration Reform Remarks as Delivered on the Senate Floor". Johnny Isakson. April 13, 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  4. ^Johnny Isakson ancestry
  5. ^"Honorary Degrees Awarded by Oglethorpe University". Oglethorpe University. Archived from the original on 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  6. ^"Veterans in the US Senate 109th Congress"(PDF). Navy League. Archived from the original(PDF) on 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2006-12-09. 
  7. ^"Greeks in the 113th Congress". North-American Interfraternity Conference. Archived from the original on March 27, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  8. ^"Johnny Isakson Senate". Johnny Isakson Biography. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  9. ^Our Campaigns - GA State House 021 Race - Nov 06, 1984
  10. ^Our Campaigns - GA State House 021 Race - Nov 08, 1988
  11. ^Our Campaigns - GA Governor - R Primary Race - Jul 17, 1990
  12. ^Our Campaigns - GA Governor Race - Nov 06, 1990
  13. ^Our Campaigns - GA US Senate - R Primary Race - Jul 09, 1996
  14. ^Our Campaigns - GA US Senate - R Runoff Race - Aug 06, 1996
  15. ^Almanac of American Politics 2008, p. 463.
  16. ^Our Campaigns - GA District 6 - Special Election Race - Feb 23, 1999
  17. ^Our Campaigns - GA District 6 Race - Nov 07, 2000
  18. ^Our Campaigns - GA District 6 Race - Nov 05, 2002
  19. ^[1] House roll call vote
  20. ^"Representative Isakson's Legislation". Library of Congress. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  21. ^ 
  22. ^"Isakson apologizes for calling voters 'unwashed'". Atlanta Journal Constitution. 17 June 2010. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  23. ^"Senator Isakson's Legislation". Library of Congress. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  24. ^Parlapiano, Haeyoun Park, Alicia; Sanger-katz, Margot (2017-07-13). "Republicans Made 4 Key Changes to Their Health Care Bill. Here's Who They Were Trying to Win Over". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  25. ^"Federal Legislative Ratings". American Conservative Union. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  26. ^"Chambliss, Isakson named "Taxpayer Hero" by watchdog group". WALB News. October 7, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  27. ^"Johnny Isakson on Abortion". On the Issues. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  28. ^"U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 1st Session, Vote Number 54, 2011-04-06." Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  29. ^"Detail for 2013 Senate Roll Call Vote 59 | Voter Information Services – vote wisely, live better". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  30. ^"U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 1st Session, Vote Number 59, 2013-03-22." Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  31. ^Leber, Rebecca (2015-01-21). "Republican Senators Finally Admit That Climate Change Is Not a Hoax". New Republic. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  32. ^"U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress - 1st Session, Vote Number 11, 2015-01-21." Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  33. ^"U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress - 1st Session, Vote Number 12, 2015-01-21". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  34. ^"U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress - 1st Session, Vote Number 307, 2015-11-17." Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  35. ^Christopher, Tommy (April 11, 2013). "21 NRA 'A'-Rated Senators Part Of 68-31 Vote To Defeat Filibuster Of Background Check Bill". Mediaite. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  36. ^Harris, Nate. "Senator Isakson speaks out against campus carry". The Red and Black. Retrieved 4 October 2017. 
  37. ^"Health Care - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson". 
  38. ^"Johnny Isakson's Position Statement on Immigration". Archived from the original on 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  39. ^"Johnny Isakson, United States Senator from Georgia". 2006-07-09. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  40. ^Sen. Johnny Isakson discloses he has Parkinson’s disease (Washington Post article-June 10, 2015)
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  42. ^"2/23/99 - Special Election for 6th U.S. Congressional District". Georgia Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2008-01-13. 

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Steven David Daines (born August 20, 1962) is an American entrepreneur and politician serving as the juniorUnited States Senator from Montana since 2015. He previously was the U.S. Representative for Montana's at-large congressional district from 2013 to 2015. In the 2014 midterm election, he won an open seat, defeating Democrat Amanda Curtis.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Daines was born in Van Nuys, California,[2] to Sharon R. and Clair W. Daines. Steve moved to Montana with his parents in 1964. He was raised in Bozeman, Montana where he attended school from kindergarten through college.[3]

Daines graduated from Bozeman High School, where he served as student body president.[4] He earned a bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University. His high school partner in Policy Debate was United States Ambassador to RussiaMichael McFaul[citation needed].

Early political involvement[edit]

In his senior year, he was one of the youngest delegates at the 1984 Republican National Convention. "I was a big fan of Ronald Reagan. He was the first president I got to vote for."[5] Daines was also the president of MSU College Republicans. In 2007, he and his wife started a web site called, which urged governor Brian Schweitzer to return the state's $1 billion surplus to the taxpayers. In 2007–08, he served as state chairman for Republican Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign and as a national surrogate for Huckabee.[6]

Business career[edit]

Daines spent 13 years with Procter & Gamble. After seven years managing operations in the United States, he moved his family to Hong Kong and China for six years opening factories to expand Procter & Gamble's Asian business.[7] During the 2014 campaign, this period became a campaign issue, with the Montana Democratic Party stating that he assisted the company in outsourcing U.S. jobs to China. Daines responded to this charge by saying that he created hundreds of jobs in Montana when he worked for RightNow Technologies.[8] In 1997, Daines left Procter & Gamble to join the family construction business in Bozeman. Three years later, Daines met Greg Gianforte, founder of RightNow Technologies, and was put in charge of running RightNow's customer care division.[4] Daines went on to become Vice President of North America Sales and Vice President of the Asia-Pacific division. During his tenure, the cloud-based software company became a publicly traded company and Bozeman's largest commercial employer. Daines remained with the company until March 2012, when he left to campaign full-time.[4]

2008 gubernatorial election[edit]

Main article: Montana gubernatorial election, 2008

Daines campaigned for Lieutenant Governor of Montana in 2008, running on the ticket with Roy Brown, the Republican nominee for Governor. They challenged incumbent Governor Brian Schweitzer and his running mate John Bohlinger. Brown/Daines lost the election 65%-33%, winning 7 of Montana's 56 counties.[9][10][11]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012 election[edit]

Main article: United States House of Representatives election in Montana, 2012

See also: United States Senate election in Montana, 2012

On November 13, 2010, Daines announced he would run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Jon Tester in 2012.[12] That year, a complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission against Daines by the Montana Democratic Party, alleging that a radio ad he had run on behalf of a pro-life organization called Common Sense Issues (CSI) was illegal campaign activity. The complaint was later dismissed on September 7, 2011, as Daines had not at that time actually filed as a candidate for any federal office.[13] When U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg announced his intention to challenge Tester, Daines dropped out of the Senate race and announced his candidacy for the open House seat vacated by Rehberg.[14] Daines won the 3-candidate Republican primary with 71% of the vote.[15][16] In the general election, he defeated Democratic State Senator Kim Gillan, 53%-43%. He won 48 of the state's 56 counties.[17][18]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • Congressional Western Caucus
  • Congressional Rural Caucus
  • Republican Study Committee
  • NW Energy Caucus
  • Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus

U.S. Senate[edit]

2014 election[edit]

Main article: United States Senate election in Montana, 2014

In July 2013, Daines attended a NRSC fundraiser in Washington that raised speculation that he would run for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus.[19] Additional anticipation that he would run was fueled when he disclosed fundraising of $415,000 in the second quarter of 2013.[20] On November 6, 2013, Daines announced his candidacy.[21]

In February 2014, Baucus resigned from the Senate to accept a post as U.S. ambassador to China. Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, appointed lieutenant governor John Walsh to the vacant Senate seat for the remainder of Baucus's term. Walsh had already declared his intention of running for the Senate in the 2014 election, and it was suggested that his appointment by Bullock might give him the advantage of incumbency, thus improving Democratic chances of holding the seat.[22][23][24]

Daines won the June 3, 2014, Republican primary, obtaining 83.4% of the vote to defeat Missoula state representative Champ Edmunds and political newcomer Susan Cundiff.[25][26] Walsh won the Democratic primary with 64% of the vote.[27]

In August 2014, Walsh withdrew from the race following the publication of a New York Times article that accused him of plagiarism in a paper written as part of his master's-degree work at the U.S. Army War College. With only 50 days left before the general election, a special convention called by the Montana Democratic party named one-term Butte legislator Amanda Curtis to run in place of Walsh.[28][29][30]

Daines won the general election, securing 57.8% of the vote to Curtis's 40.1%.[31]

Daines became the first Republican to hold the seat since 1913.

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
  • Committee on Appropriations
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Committee on Indian Affairs


Balanced Budget & No Budget, No Pay[edit]

Daines introduced his first bill, the "Balanced Budget Accountability Act," in February 2013. Daines' bill would require Congress to pass a budget that would balance in 10 years or have their pay terminated.[32] Daines also voted in support of No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-3) which required both chambers of Congress to pass a budget by April 15, 2013, or the salaries of Members of that chamber would be put in an escrow account.[33]

Violence Against Women Act[edit]

In February 2013, Daines voted in support of the Violence Against Women Act, which passed the House with 199 House Democratic and 87 House Republican votes.[34]

Gun law[edit]

Daines has been vocal in his support for Second Amendment rights. Daines has called the Senate legislation to expand background checks "the wrong approach"[35] and has been a vocal opponent of the bill, which failed to pass the Senate in April.[36] Daines has also pledged to "block" any legislation that poses a threat to Second Amendment rights.[37] In an April tour of a Billings, Montana, sporting goods shop and shooting range, Daines adopted the nickname "Dead-Eye Daines" after reaffirming his opposition to gun control measures and demonstrating his marksmanship skills.[38]

Energy and natural resource development[edit]

Daines has criticized President Barack Obama for the Obama administration's positions on natural resource development, calling the President's June 2013 climate change proposal a "job killer" and a "war on American energy." [39][40] Daines co-sponsored the "Northern Route Approval Act" which would allow for congressional approval of the Keystone pipeline[41] Daines has expressed strong support of Montana's coal industry[42] and oil production in eastern Montana and the Bakken formation.[43]

Daines has also called for the need for litigation reforms to clear the way for more active forest management and the revitalization of Montana's timber industry.[44][45] In April, Daines signed on to the "Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act," legislation to address the expiration of the Secure Rural Schools program by renewing the federal government's commitment to manage forest resources.[46]

North Fork Watershed Protection Act[edit]

On June 5, 2013, Daines introduced the North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013 which would withdraw 430,000 acres of federal lands in Montana from programs to develop geothermal and mineral resources.[47][48] The law would forbid mountaintop removal mining and other natural resource development.[48] The affected lands lie adjacent to Glacier National Park and already have some protections.[47] Rep. Daines emphasized his desire "to rise above partisan politics, preserve the pristine landscape, and 'protect this critical watershed'," when he announced that he would be introducing the bill.[48] According to Daines, both conservationists and energy companies support the bill.[48] The bill, also supported by Tester and Walsh, passed in the House; but Senate Republicans prevented it from being voted on, killing it in the Senate.[49][50]


Daines supported the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill which reauthorizes nutrition and agriculture programs for the years 2014-2018.[51]


Daines has vocally opposed an Internet sales tax, which would allow states to collect taxes on online sales. He has characterized legislation to provide the authority as "a job-killing tax hike that hurts American small businesses.[52]

National security[edit]

Daines supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that “We are at war with Islamic extremists and anything less than 100 percent verification of these refugees’ backgrounds puts our national security at risk. We need to take the time to examine our existing programs to ensure terrorists aren’t entering our country. The safety of U.S. citizens must be our number one priority.”[53]

Elizabeth Warren[edit]

On February 8, 2017, Senator Daines, while presiding over the U.S. Senate invoked Rule 19 of the U.S. Senate to prevent Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) from reading a letter Coretta Scott King wrote about then-United States Attorney for Alabama Jeff Sessions during the 1986 U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for Sessions's appointment as a United States federal judge.[54] King's letter, addressed to Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC), describes a 1984 prosecution by Sessions of Albert Turner and other members of the Perry County Civic League for voting fraud.[55] Since Sessions was (in 2017) a sitting United States Senator (R-AL), the reading of the letter from 1986 during the 2017 confirmation hearing for Sessions's appointment as United States Attorney General would be impugning Senator Sessions.[54] Daines was assisted by Elizabeth MacDonough, the current Parliamentarian of the United States Senate, who read the language of Rule 19 to freshman Senator Daines.[56] Senator Daines "carefully repeated the language of Rule 19" while censuring Senator Warren.[56]

Personal life[edit]

Daines and his wife Cindy live in Bozeman with their four children: David, Annie, Michael and Caroline. Daines and his family are actively involved in community volunteer organizations and enjoy backpacking, hunting, skiing and fishing. Daines enjoys mountain-climbing and has scaled Granite Peak and Grand Teton.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

Montana Governor/Lieutenant Governor Republican primary election, 2008
RepublicanRoy Brown/Steve Daines65,88380.81%
RepublicanLarry Steele/Harold Luce15,64319.19%
Montana Governor/Lieutenant Governor election, 2008
DemocraticBrian Schweitzer/John Bohlinger318,67065.47%
RepublicanRoy Brown/Steve Daines158,26832.52%
LibertarianStan Jones/Michael Baker9,7962.01%
Montana's at-large congressional district Republican primary election, 2012
RepublicanSteve Daines82,84371.25%
RepublicanEric Brosten21,01218.07%
RepublicanVincent Melkus12,42010.68%
Montana's at-large congressional district election, 2012
RepublicanSteve Daines255,46853.25%
DemocraticKim Gillan204,93942.72%
LibertarianDavid Kaiser19,3334.03%
U.S. Senate Republican primary election in Montana, 2014
RepublicanSteve Daines110,56583.37%
RepublicanSusan Cundiff11,9098.98%
RepublicanChamp Edmunds10,1517.65%
U.S. Senate election in Montana, 2014
RepublicanSteve Daines213,70957.79%
DemocraticAmanda Curtis148,18440.07%
LibertarianRoger Roots7,9332.15%


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