Short Bio:

  • Mary is a single mother with four children who knows what it’s like to work two jobs to keep a family going
  • Mary was born and raised in Montana
  • Mother of four children, Margaret graduate of U of M, Hallie Jr. at U. of M., Joseph and Kenji students at Helena High.


Mary has served in the Montana legislature for six years and been the executive director of WEEL—Working for Equality and Economic Liberation for more than a decade. She’s owned a small business and worked as a waitress. Mary is a member of the following boards and councils:

  • Vice chair of House Health and Human Services Committee
  • Montana Health Care Advisory Council
  • Northwest Energy Coalition
  • Growing Communities and Gro—Montana
  • Helena YWCA
  • Helena Golden Nuggets
  • Montana Kids Count

Advocacy Awards and Honors 2005-2010:

  • MT Food Security Council: Recognized Mary for innovative solutions to hunger for the community garden project.
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars: Recognized Mary for her legislation on behalf of homeless vets.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Chose Mary to head up their Teddy Bear Parade
  • Families USA: “National Consumer Health Advocate of the Year”
  • Petra Fellow: Chosen for her work as an unsung hero for human rights
  • 2009 Special Food Security Council Award: For her untiring efforts to find funding for emergency food for Montanans.
  • Disability Rights Organization, AWARE: “Advocate of the Year”
  • Fleming Fellow: Selected for her courage, commitment to public service and understanding of the integral role of government in social justice
  • National Partnership for Women and Families: “Legislator doing the Most for Working Families.”


  • We can build an inclusive economy that works for all Montanans by investing in small business, education, and job training
  • Essential services such as food, health care and education must come first in times of scarce budget resources.
  • Fair taxation is essential to an effective government
  • Senior citizen’s should not be forced to choose between a meal and medication
  • Public lands should stay in public hands


“I’ve listened for many years as your legislator and as a community organizer. Bringing people together, we’ve accomplished a lot, but there’s more to do. I’ve experienced first-hand how state policies effect Montanans. I will continue working for you in the Senate.”

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Media Press

  • Mary Caferro (D), House District 80--sponsored bills, associated bills, committee assignments, and committee hearings: read more >>
  • Mary Caferro receives award her work in social justice (Families USA, January 25, 2008) read more >>
  • Working Woman’s Blues: "We can set targeted polices that create upward mobility for women." (Helena Independent Record, September 21, 2008)
  • Bottom Up Power: Democrats in Montana
    (The Nation, April 9, 2007)
  • “Shouldn’t we be 50% of the legislature?”
    (The Missoulian, November 15, 2004)
  • Caferro Supports Senator Obama
  • Raising political donation limit (Montana Standard,
    April 21, 2008)
  • Caferro supports well-child services for children up to age 7 (Montana Standard, April 15, 2007)
  • Caferro supports the Healthy Montana Kids plan ballet initiative (, September 17, 2008)
  • Health Care is Big Hole (Lee State Bureau,
    May 29, 2006)
  • Montana Women's Lobby
  • At the Tipping Point-Healthcare (Independent Record, March 07, 2003) read more >>
  • At Home Infant Care
  • 1000 Voices--Health Care is a Human Right (video)
  • "I am a reflection, a representative of probably millions of people who live in poverty who, if given the chance, they will be successful." (NPR, August 22, 2006) (audio)
  • America can improve health and energy policies
    (Billings Gazette, August 14, 2009)
  • Climate Change first affects people who are living in poverty (Independent Record, December 6, 2007)
  • Payday lending is a "downward spiral" (Independent Record, November 22, 2007) read more >>
  • Many jobs fail to pay a living wage (Independent Record, October 10, 2007) read more >>
  • At-Home Infant Care,
    September 1, 2002 read more >

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