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Montana's 2nd congressional district

From 1913 to 1993, Montana had two congressional districts. From 1913 to 1919, those seats were elected statewide At-large on a general ticket. After 1919, however, the state was divided into geographical districts. The 2nd covered the eastern part of the state, including Billings, Glendive, Miles City and other towns.

After 1993, the second seat was eliminated and the remaining seat was elected At-large.

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1919
 
Carl W. Riddick
Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1923
66th
67th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
Scott Leavitt
Republican March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1933
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election in 1932
 
Roy E. Ayers
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1937
73rd
74th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for Governor of Montana.
 
James F. O'Connor
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 15, 1945
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant
 
Wesley A. D'Ewart
Republican June 5, 1945 –
January 3, 1955
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
Elected to finish O'Connor's term.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
Orvin B. Fjare
Republican January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1957
84th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
LeRoy H. Anderson
Democratic January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1961
85th
86th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
James F. Battin
Republican January 3, 1961 –
February 27, 1969
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned to become judge of the U.S. District Court of Montana.
Vacant
 
John Melcher
Democratic June 24, 1969 –
January 3, 1977
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
Elected to finish Battin's term.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
Ron Marlenee
Republican January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1993
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the at-large district and lost re-election.
District eliminated January 3, 1993.

Living former MembersEdit

As of April 2018, there is one living former member. The most recent and most recently serving representative to die was John Melcher (served 1969–1977) on April 12, 2018.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Ron Marlenee 1977–1993 (1935-08-08) August 8, 1935 (age 84)

ReferencesEdit

  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present