Larry Jent

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Larry Jent
Member of the Montana Senate
from the 32nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Member of the Montana House of Representatives
from the 64th district
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Ron Erickson
Succeeded by Franke Wilmer
Member of the Montana House of Representatives
from the 29th district
In office
Succeeded by Edward Butcher
Personal details
Born (1951-12-20) December 20, 1951 (age 63)
Nashville, Tennessee
Political party Democratic Party
Residence Bozeman, Montana
Alma mater United States Military Academy, University of Colorado
Profession attorney
Religion Methodist

Larry Jent is a Democratic Party member of the Montana Senate, representing District 32 since 2007. He was previously a member of the Montana House of Representatives from 2000 through 2006.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Jent was born in 1951 in Nashville, Tennessee. He earned his BS from United States Military Academy in 1973. He went on to receive his JD from the University of Colorado Law School in 1983. Jent has served in the Montana Army National Guard. He was a Fishing Guide for Bad Lillys Trout Shop/Ray's Tackle Shop from 1980 to 1983. He was then a Sole Practitioner from 1983 to 1987. He has been Partner for Williams and Jent, Limited Liability Partnership since 1987.

1996 congressional election[edit]

In 1996, incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Pat Williams of Montana's At-large congressional district decided to retire. Jent was one of four Democrat candidates to run for the seat. Former State Senator Bill Yellowtail won the Democratic primary with 56% of the vote. Jent ranked last with just 10% of the vote.[1][2]

Montana legislature[edit]


In 2000, Jent was elected to the Montana House of Representatives to the Bozeman-based 29th House District. He defeated Republican Sandra Lee Smiley 66%-33%. In the 2000 U.S. Senate election, Democrat Brian Schweitzer carried the district with 65% of the vote. In 2002, he was re-elected with 69% against Dustin L. Stewart.[3] After redistricting in 2004, Jent ran in the newly redrawn 64th House District and defeated Republican Page Lutes with 56% of the vote.[4]

In 2006, he decided to retire from his seat to run for the Montana Senate. In the Bozeman-based 32nd Senate District, he defeated Republican Art Wittich 56%-44%.[5] In 2010, he won re-election to a second term defeating Republican Michael B. Comstock 54%-46%.[6]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Fish and Game
  • Judiciary
  • State Administration[7]

2012 gubernatorial election[edit]

In April 2011, he filed paperwork to run for Governor of Montana. He wants to continue the fiscal policies of Brian Schweitzer.[8]


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