Max Baucus

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Max Baucus
U.S. Senior Senator, Montana
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 1)

December 15, 1978
Serving with Jon Tester

Preceded by Paul G. Hatfield
Born December 11, 1941
Spouse Wanda Baucus
Religion United Church of Christ

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U.S. Senator Max Baucus (Democratic Party - Montana) was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978 after serving two terms 1975-1978) in the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana. Prior to that, he served in the Montana House of Representatives.

Baucus is a traditional centrist Western Democrat. Most of his life experiences has been west of Mississippi River. Born on December 11, 1941 in Helena, Montana, Baucus spent his formative years in Montana before attending Stanford University and graduating with a BA in Economics. He then attended Stanford Law School and received an LLB. He is the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee.

In recent months, he has been praised for his work on Social Security, CAFTA, and the Clear Skies Initiative. He has come under fire for his vote in favor of the bankruptcy bill.

His nephew, Marine Cpl. Phillip E. Baucus, died in late July, 2006, during combat in Anbar province, Iraq.



The 2002, Montana elections got national national attention when Baucus' opponent, state senator Mike Taylor, accused Baucus of having implied that Taylor was gay 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. Taylor dropped out of the race and Baucus won with 63% of the vote.

On July 3, 2004, Baucus suffered minor injuries when his motorcycle hit gravel as he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle. Local police confirmed he was not drinking alcohol prior to the incident.

Baucus' wife, Wanda, made national headlines on April 21, 2004, after she was charged with assault stemming from an incident at a D.C.-area garden center. On June 2, she reached a deal with prosecutors under which she would avoid prosecution if she completed 40 hours of community service within six months. Federal prosecutors offered Ms. Baucus the same terms they generally offer most first-time violent offenders (excluding felony offenses).

In 2006, Baucus returned $18,892 in contributions from the indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.


  • Baucus is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance.
  • Joint Committee on Taxation
  • Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Marketing, Inspection, and Product Promotion
  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure


  • "I understand anger with government; people have a right to be angry. But the vast majority of Montanans reject hate. The militia groups are the exception. They create an atmosphere of terror. Since the militia groups have formed, we have had anti-Semitic incidents all over the state. Threats against law enforcement are routine. They have two beliefs: suspicion of government that includes social security and taxes; and a deep strain of anti-Semitism and racism. You can tell from their code words: 'banking elites' and 'only whites go to heaven'.

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