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Max Baucus currently serves as the Sr. Senator for Montana

Max Sieben Baucus, a Democrat, has been a US Senator from Montana since 1979. (map) He posts his daily schedule online, available here.

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Max Baucus voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

Baucus voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

On January 11, 2007, Sen. Baucus, who voted in 2002 for the resolution authorizing President Bush to invade Iraq, stated his interest for a bill requiring congressional authority for President Bush to raise troop levels in Iraq, saying, "I’m very interested in it [Kennedy's bill]...It raises potential constitutional questions, the degree to which Congress can determine individual troop strength."

Main article: Congressional actions regarding President Bush’s 2007 proposed troop “surge” in Iraq
For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Oil Record

Max Baucus has voted in favor of big oil companies on 67% of important oil-related bills, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq War funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and oil import reductions.[1] See below for oil money in politics.

Schedule posting

Sen. Baucus posts his daily schedule online, available here.

Abramoff PAC Money

On December 20, 2005 Baucus' office announced that he was returning $18,892 in contributions that his office has found to be connected to indicted former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [1].

2002 Election Ad

The 2002, Montana elections gained a spot on the national radar when Baucus' opponent, Montana state senator Mike Taylor, accused Baucus of having implied that Taylor was a gay hairdresser in a campaign ad. The ad alleged that Taylor had embezzled funds from the cosmetology school he once owned while showing footage from the early '80s of Taylor massaging another man's face while wearing a tight suit with an open shirt. The commercial was featured on Comedy Central's The Daily Show along with interviews with the major third-party candidates for Baucus' seat. Taylor briefly dropped out of the race before returning in a last ditch bid to save face. Baucus won with 63% of the vote.

Fund raising as Committee Chairman

In April 1007, Baucus and House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) created a joint Political Action Committee, after setting new quarterly fund raising records in the first quarter of 2007. [2]

Budget

In early 2007, the House cut the budget for the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program as part of the FY2007 continuing resolution. $3.1 billion, which had previously been approved, was cut, leaving only $2.5 billion for the program. On February 7, Sen. Baucus joined twenty-five Republicans in drafting a letter to Senate leaders arguing that the BRAC cut would obstruct troop movements and hurt local economies in military communities. Baucus was particularly concerned that the lost BRAC funds would have benefitted a transition program for the Montana National Guard.

Main article: Continuing resolution of 2007

Bio

Background

Baucus was born December 11, 1941 in Helena, Montana, and graduated from Helena High School in 1959. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a law degree from Stanford University.

He began law practice in Missoula, Montana, in 1971, and then served as both Executive Director and Committee Coordinator for Montana's 1972 Constitutional Convention. In 1973, Baucus was elected to the Montana State Legislature. He served as a state representative from Missoula until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974. He was re-elected in 1976. Baucus was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978 where he has remained until present.[2]

Senate Career

Baucus is one of the most moderate members of his party, frequently breaking with them on the issues of taxes, the environment, and gun politics.

Baucus voted in favor of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and was at President Bush's side as he signed it. He has fairly consistently voted against repealing the portions of that bill and more recent tax cut bills that benefit upper income taxpayers.

While Baucus voted in favor of the Brady Bill and the first ban on assualt weapons, he has since switched positions on gun control, opposing most new gun control laws. In 1999 he was the one Democrat to vote against an amendment by Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that sought to "regulate the sale of firearms at gunshows."

On other issues Baucus is more in tune with the mainstream of his party. He is staunchly pro-choice and regularly receives 100% ratings from NARAL Pro-Choice America and other reproductive rights advocacy groups. He opposes the United States embargo against Cuba and the restrictions on travel there. He was one of only 26 senators to vote against the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. And despite his mixed record on environmental issues, Baucus has long opposed opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling.

2008 elections

2008 superdelegate

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This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Montana superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.


Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Max Baucus, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases.

Links to more campaign contribution information for Max Baucus
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Oil Money in Politics

Max Baucus has received $87,100 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $46,500 of those dollars were from industry PACS. [4] In total, Baucus has accepted $195,700 from oil companies since 2000 which makes him one of the top recipients of oil money in the United States Senate. [5]In addition to oil money, Baucus has received $82,900 in coal contributions during the 110th congress. $68,300 of those dollars were from industry PACS. [6] See above for oil and energy voting record.

Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Max Baucus. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2602
Phone: 202-224-2651
TollFree: 1-800-332-6106 (from MT)
TTYD Number: 202-224-1998
Fax: 202-224-0515
Web Email
Website

District Office - Billings:
222 North 32nd Street, Suite 100
Billings, MT 59101-1954
Phone: 406-657-6790
TollFree: 1-800-332-6106
Fax: 406-657-6793

District Office - Bozeman:
Federal Building
32 East Babcock Street, Suite 114
Bozeman, MT 59715-4737
Phone: 406-586-6104
TollFree: 1-800-332-6106
Fax: 406-586-9177

District Office - Butte:
Silver Bow Center
125 West Granite Street, Suite 100
Butte, MT 59701-9200
Phone: 406-782-8700
TollFree: 1-800-332-6106
Fax: 406-782-6553

District Office - Great Falls:
113 Third Street North
Great Falls, MT 59401-2525
Phone: 406-761-1574
TollFree: 1-800-332-6106
TTYD Number: 406-452-1117
Fax: 406-727-3726

District Office - Helena:
Empire Block
30 West 14th Street, Suite 206
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-449-5480
TollFree: 1-800-332-6106
Fax: 406-449-5484

District Office - Kalispell:
75 Claremont, Suite I
Kalispell, MT 59901-4503
Phone: 406-756-1150
TollFree: 1-800-332-6106
Fax: 406-756-1152

District Office - Missoula:
1821 South Avenue West, Suite 203
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: 406-329-3123
TollFree: 1-800-332-6106
Fax: 406-728-7610

Articles and Resources

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Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Committees,
Ranking Member On:

Caucuses:
Committees:
110th Congress
Leadership Position:
None
Committees Chaired:
Committees,
Ranking Member On:

Caucuses:
Committees: Joint Committee on Taxation, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing Inspection and Plant and Animal Health, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Production Income Protection and Price Support, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization Conservation Forestry and Credit, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works/Subcommittee on Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global Warming and Wildlife Protection, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works/Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works/Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Taxation IRS Oversight and Long-Term Growth, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on International Trade and Global Competitiveness
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 1978
First Took Current Office:
December 15, 1978
Next Election:
November 4, 2014
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
US House of Representatives, Montana House of Representatives
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 222 North 32nd Street, Suite 100, Billings, MT 59101-1954
Phone: 406-657-6790 / Fax: 406-657-6793
2. Federal Building, 32 East Babcock Street, Suite 114, Bozeman, MT 59715-4737
Phone: 406-586-6104 / Fax: 406-586-9177
3. Silver Bow Center, 125 West Granite Street, Suite 100, Butte, MT 59701-9200
Phone: 406-782-8700 / Fax: 406-782-6553
4. 113 Third Street North, Great Falls, MT 59401-2525
Phone: 406-761-1574 / Fax: 406-727-3726
5. Empire Block, 30 West 14th Street, Suite 206, Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-449-5480 / Fax: 406-449-5484
6. 75 Claremont, Suite I, Kalispell, MT 59901-4503
Phone: 406-756-1150 / Fax: 406-756-1152
7. 1821 South Avenue West, Suite 203, Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: 406-329-3123 / Fax: 406-728-7610


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Date of Birth: December 11, 1941


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