Sen.-elect Steve Daines (R-Mont.)

DATE OF BIRTH: Aug. 20, 1962
BIRTHPLACE: Van Nuys, Calif.
RESIDENCE: Bozeman, Mont.
OCCUPATION: Businessman
EDUCATION: B.S., Montana State University
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: U.S. representative
FAMILY: Wife, Cindy; four children

Steve Daines was the favorite to flip former Democratic Sen. Max Baucus’s seat in Montana to Republican control. And his path was cleared when incumbent Sen. John Walsh (D), appointed after Baucus was confirmed as ambassador to China, decided not to run for election following a plagiarism scandal.

Democrats in the state scrambled to find a candidate before tapping Amanda Curtis, a 35-year-old state lawmaker and teacher.

A fifth-generation Montanan, Daines finished college and went to work for Procter & Gamble for 13 years, promoting their products overseas.

In 1997, he and his wife, Cindy, returned to Montana, where he joined his parents in the family construction business. He later worked with a startup, RightNow Technologies, which was sold to Oracle Corp. for $1.5 billion in 2011.

He ran for lieutenant governor in the state in 2008 and fell short but rebounded in 2012, winning election to the House.

Daines and his wife have four children.