Steve Daines Campaign

Steve Daines is an American businessman and politician from Bozeman, Montana who was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Montana in 2008, running on the ticket with Roy Brown, the Republican nominee for governor

Republican Steve Daines - Home Grown Montanan Running for Congress

Steve’s Montana journey dates back to his great-great-grandmother Karine Dyrud, who immigrated from Norway in 1869. As a widow and mother of seven children, she moved westward from Minnesota and homesteaded on the northern plains of Montana 23 miles east of Conrad. She is buried in a small Montana country cemetery near the Golden West Lutheran Church, and her tombstone sums up her life in three short words — “Saved by Grace”. Six generations later, this legacy of faith, freedom, responsibility and opportunity still exists in Steve’s family.

His mother and father grew up in Billings, and as Steve’s dad likes to put it, “I married the girl next door”. Steve’s father graduated from Billings Senior High School and enlisted in the Marines. After serving in the Marines, he moved to Missoula and graduated with a degree in Business from the University of Montana. In 1964, Steve’s parents moved to Bozeman where his dad worked as a salesman for a paper products company. With three children at home under the age of ten, Steve’s dad quit that job. With virtually no money in his pocket, he started a small home construction business with Steve’s mom.

Steve’s parents modeled hard work and personal responsibility to their children as they struggled to get the business going. Steve and his two younger sisters attended public schools in Bozeman from kindergarten through high school. During his senior year at Bozeman High, Steve was elected Student Body President and chosen “Most Likely to Succeed” by the senior class. Between scholarships and working summers in construction, Steve put himself through college at Montana State University and graduated in four years with Highest Honors with a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering. Following graduation from MSU, Steve left Montana to work for Procter & Gamble. During his thirteen year management career at P&G, he spent seven years managing operations in the United States, followed by a six-year assignment based in Hong Kong and China.

In 1997, Steve and Cindy decided it was time to move the family back to Montana. Steve left P&G and returned home to Bozeman and joined his mom and dad in the family construction business. In 2000, Steve joined RightNow Technologies, a start-up business founded and headquartered in Bozeman, which at that time had less than 100 employees. His first assignment was VP of Customer Service. The company experienced rapid growth and in 2004, became a publicly traded software company (Nasdaq: RNOW). <a href="" title="Steve Daines Business Profile">RightNow</a> currently employs over 1000 people and is the largest commercial employer in Bozeman. Steve’s most recent assignment was General Manager/ Vice President of RightNow’s Asia-Pacific business. <a href="" title="Steve Daines">RightNow Technologies</a> has sixteen offices around the world, including New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Tokyo, and Sydney.

Steve has been active in politics much of his life. He attended the 1984 GOP National Convention in Dallas as one of the youngest delegates for Ronald Reagan. Steve was also the founder of, a non-profit organization advocating the return of Montana’s one billion dollar surplus to taxpayers. In 2007, Governor Mike Huckabee asked Steve to serve as the Montana chairman for his 2008 campaign for President. Steve served as Chairman of the Montana Delegation to the 2008 GOP National Convention in St. Paul and was Montana’s GOP nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2008. More recently, Steve was a spokesperson for several groups in Montana to stop Obama’s health care plan.

Steve and Cindy have been married 24 years, and have four children: David (20), Anne (19), Michael (16), and Caroline (14). Backpacking, hunting, skiing, and fishing are family passions. Steve has served in numerous community volunteer capacities including the board of the local economic development non-profit Prospera and Rotary. They are members of Springhill Presbyterian Church in Bozeman.

Steve Daines For Montana Congress - Why am I running for Congress

<a href="" title="Republican Steve Daines">Steve Daines Republican Campaign</a> - Why am I running for Congress? To change the direction Washington is taking our country so that my four children can be a part of a generation that is left better off than what we received from our parents. I believe the Declaration of Independence has it right when it says our government derives its just power from the consent of the governed. Free people, acting in a free market, are what this country stands for — it is the American Dream.

Fiscal Responsibility & Taxes

Montanans understand we are in the midst of a debt crisis, and Montanans want to know why we have to balance our budgets and the politicians in Washington don’t? For the sake of our children and grandchildren, we must stand up to the exploding debt the politicians in Washington have created. We must stop this generational theft.

Over the past 26 years in my <a href="" title="Steve Daines">business experience</a>, I’ve had to manage budgets, solve difficult problems, and deliver measurable results. I’ve had to reduce expenses, while at the same time improving quality and performance. The best way to move our economy forward is by introducing fiscal responsibility and accountability to Washington. Our problem in Washington is not that taxes are too low, but spending is too high.


Montanans understand that Government does not create jobs. Individuals, entrepreneurs, business men and women create jobs.
I’ve not only talked about creating jobs, I’ve actually done it — creating hundreds of high paying jobs right here in Montana. The best way to create jobs is to give small businesses the right incentives to invest and grow, instead of creating doubt and uncertainty as Washington politicians are doing today. The path forward to create more jobs begins with less government.

Health Care

Montanans understand that Obamacare does not move the country forward, but sets us back.
Every American wants health care at a reasonable cost. No American wants a complicated plan full of false promises, special political favors, and costs we cannot afford. We should repeal ObamaCare and implement an affordable health care system that actually improves the quality of health care.

Montana Values

Montanans understand why America is great. America is exceptional, but that doesn’t come by accident. Why are we the greatest, most prosperous, most generous, and freest people ever known to man? It is because we embrace freedom, and those principles are embedded in our Constitution.
I will uphold the oath of office that supports and defends the Constitution of the United States. I will ensure we protect our 2nd Amendment rights and the rights of those who are most vulnerable in our society, including the preborn, the disabled, and the elderly.
“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government”.
Thomas Jefferson


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Republican Candidate Steve Daines For Montana Congress Elections 2012
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