Russel (Russ) Tempel (R-SS14)
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Capitol: 406.444.4800
FAX: 406.444.4875
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State Capitol 1301 East Sixth Avenue
Helena, MT 59620-8201

District Office:
PO Box 131
Chester, MT 59522
Elected: 2017    Next Election: 2026
Spouse: Judy   
Committee Assignments
Vice ChairSenate Committee on Education and Cultural Resources
MemberJoint Interim Committee on Local Government
MemberSenate Committee on Taxation
MemberSenate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
Counties Representing
Cascade / Chouteau / Hill / Liberty


I have been a life-long resident of Northern Montana, raised on the family homestead in northern Liberty County, educated on the Hi-line, a graduate of Montana State Northern, and a veteran. One of the great pleasures of my life has been owning and operating the 3rd generation family farm together with my wife of 51+ years, Judy, and 4 children. Hapi (JC), Tanr (Erin), Mari (Jon), and Maci (Brady) have provided us with 11 grandkids, whom we love to visit and spoil.

I represented the county on a local, state, and national level as an elected Liberty County Commissioner for 3 terms, 18 years. It is my strong belief and experience that open communication and engaging in respectful dialogue on both sides of the aisle is what will breed successful cooperation between the 3 branches of state government, counties, and cities. During my tenure at the County, we were able to accomplish road and building projects, successfully navigate State designated disasters and floods, received grants for the schools, hospital, and museums, and worked tirelessly for the people of the county. It was my pleasure to serve in this civic capacity for the county and I look forward to continuing this work on a state level.

Throughout the years, I have been highly involved in the larger community, as well. I have served on a number of boards, including the HRDC Board, Sage Creek Water Board, and the Montana Association of Counties, where I served as the District 4 chair. I am also a former 4-H Leader, and Adult Education Teacher, and current Church member. As a member of the Montana Senate for the past three legislative sessions, I have served on the following committees- Education and Cultural Resources, Energy and Telecommunications, and Taxation. During my time with the Legislature, I gained valuable experience and forged integral relationships with lawmakers; if elected, I look forward to hitting the ground running during next session.

I am committed to do my best and be reasonable and responsible for the spending of tax payers' dollars. I have voted to save costs to Counties and the State, in turn saving the tax payers their hard-earned money. I support the use of Montana Natural Resources (gas, oil, coal, and timber) and believe that laws affecting taxes and abatements need to be looked at with a discerning eye. My Senate voting history has demonstrated my staunch support for our public schools and I will continue to shine a light on the recruitment and retention issues affecting schools throughout the state.