Steven David Daines is a former business executive and politician who has served as the junior United States senator representing Montana since 2015. From 2013 to 2015, he was the Republican congressman representing Montana’s at-large congressional district. 2014 saw the election of Daines to the empty US Senate seat in Montana.
|Full Name||Steven David Daines|
|Birth Date||August 20, 1962|
|Birth Place||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Profession||Politician / Businessperson|
|Hair Color||Grey White|
|Life & Career|
Sharon R and Clair Daines raised Daines in the Van Nuys district of Los Angeles. In 1964, the family relocated to Montana. Bozeman was his home town, and it’s where he went to school all the way through college.
Bozeman High School, where Daines served as student body president, is where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He got the honor to obtain a degree in engineering of chemicals from Montana University. He joined Sigma Nu while attending Montana State University and has been a member ever since.
Daines did not vote because the Republicans had enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh. Congressman Greg Gianforte of Montana offered Daines his own jet if he needed to travel to Washington, DC Kavanaugh received a 50/48 vote.
Daines was one of the youngest delegates to the 1984 Republican National Convention in his senior year. Daines was also the president of the Michigan State University College Republicans. He and his wife launched the GiveItBack dot com website in 2007, urging Governor Brian Schweitzer to return the state’s $1 billion excess to taxpayers. He served as Montana state chairman and national surrogate for Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee from 2007 to 2008.
At Procter & Gamble, Daines spent the better part of his career. He and his family went to Hong Kong and China for six years after seven years overseeing operations in the United States, creating plants to develop Procter & Gambles’ Asian business. Democratic opponents accused Daines of outsourcing American jobs to China during his 2014 Senate race. When he worked with RightNow Technologies, he claimed to have created hundreds of jobs in Montana.
In 2008, Daines ran for lieutenant governor of Montana with Roy Brown, the Republican governor contender. They took on Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer and his campaign mate, John Bohlinger. Brown and Daines received only seven of Montana’s 56 counties, losing 65 percent to 33 percent.
When US Representative Denny Rehberg revealed his decision to run against Tester, Daines withdrew out of the Senate race and declared his candidacy for the House seat Rehberg was vacating. He received 71 percent of the vote in the three-way Republican primary. Daines beat Democratic state senator Kim Gillan 53 percent to 43 percent in the general election. He won 48 of the 56 counties in the state.
In February 2014, Baucus resigned from the Senate to become the United States’ ambassador to China. For the balance of Baucuss’ tenure, Democratic Governor Steve Bullock selected lieutenant governor John Walsh to the vacated Senate seat. Walsh had already announced his desire to run for Senate in 2014, and it was speculated that his appointment would give him the advantage of incumbency, boosting Democrats’ chances of keeping the seat.
On June 3, 2014, Daines defeated Missoula state legislator Champ Edmunds and political newcomer Susan Cundiff in the Republican primary, winning 83.4 percent of the vote. Walsh received 64 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary.
Following the publishing of a New York Times story accusing him of plagiarism in a thesis submitted as part of his master’s degree study at the US Army War College, Walsh withdrew from the race in August 2014. With barely 50 days to the election, the Montana Democratic Party held a special convention to select Butte lawmaker Amanda Curtis.
|Personal Life & Relationships|
Steve is happily married to Cindy Daines. They both are parents to four loving children. Steve adores climbing mountains and has climbed Granite Peak and the Grand Teton.
Susan Marie Owenhouse, his sister, died of primary sclerosing cholangitis in 2009. Jay Owenhouse, Owenhouse’s spouse, was a magician.
As of today, Steve Daines’ net worth is more than $33 million. His major profession as a politician has made him extremely wealthy.