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  • Hon. William Elmer Holt, Governor of Montana (1882 - 1945)
    Biography Hon. William Elmer Holt, Governor of Montana was born on October 14, 1882 in Missouri, United States. His parents were Benjamin King Holt and Susan Mariah Books . William married Lora Ber...
  • Benjamin F. White (1838 - 1920)
    ) Benjamin Franklin White (December 3, 1838 – December 4, 1920) was an American lawyer, banker, and politician. He was the final Governor of the Montana Territory. Biography White was born to Ben...
  • George E. Woodworth (1844 - 1924)
    George E. Woodworth served in the Montana House of Representatives.
  • Frank W. Hazelbaker (1912 - 1990)
    Frank Woodworth Hazelbaker (August 5, 1912 – March 16, 1990) was an American politician in the state of Montana who served in the Montana House of Representatives and Montana State Senate. He was Spe...
  • Frank A. Hazelbaker (1878 - 1939)
    Francis Albert Hazelbaker (February 15, 1878 – July 6, 1939) was an American politician in the state of Montana who served as Lieutenant Governor of Montana from 1929 to 1933. He also served in the M...

The Montana State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Montana. It is composed of the 100-member Montana House of Representatives and the 50-member Montana Senate.

The Montana Constitution dictates that the legislature meet in regular session for no longer than 90 days in each odd-numbered year. The primary work of the legislature is to pass a balanced biennial budget which must then be approved by the Governor.

Since the beginning of statehood for Montana, the Legislature has been split along party lines fairly consistently and evenly. Since adoption of the current state constitution in 1972, which mandated single-member legislative districts for the first time in the state's history, the Montana Senate has been controlled by Democrats in 9 sessions, and Republicans in 11 sessions. During the same period, the Montana House has been controlled by Democrats in 8 sessions and Republicans in 10 sessions with two ties. According to state law, in the instance of a tie, control goes to the party of the sitting Governor. The 63rd Legislature (2013–2014) is controlled by the Republican Party with the House having 61 Republican members and 39 Democratic members, and the Senate having 29 Republican members and 21 Democratic members.

Members are limited to serving no more than 8 years in either chamber but the term limit is consecutive not lifetime.

The Montana State Legislature meets in the state capital of Helena.

This is the place to put profiles of those who served as Montana State Senators and State Representatives.

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