Adams for Senate

I’m running for Senate because I think Montana needs someone who can get things done and is unafraid to stand strong when it comes to what’s best for our state and our country.

Click here to read about why I’m a Democrat.

I can promise you right now that I will never dodge a question. You will know where I stand on every issue. You will know who is working for me and who to get in touch with.  I will never turn down an opportunity to hear your thoughts or explain my positions.

My email address is I welcome your thoughts and questions and ideas and criticisms.  And I look forward to talking with you more as this campaign unfolds.

-Dirk Adams

The Latest

Why I'm Running: My Guest Post on MT Cowgirl

Posted by Dirk Adams on April 16, 2014

I am running in the Democrat primary for the Montana U.S. Senate seat because facing and overcoming the current challenges to our nation’s progress on improving the lives of our citizens calls for boldness, courage, and new approaches. I have a rare background that I think makes me the right person at the right time to go to work for Montana and our nation. I know ranching and agriculture, and I know finance. As a Harvard-trained attorney, I know the law. I understand education and technology. My values are Democratic ones, and frankly, I think, American ones, and they include social and economic justice and the desire for a functional, uncorrupted political and governmental system.

Great Falls Tribune: Democratic Senate primary forum set

Posted by Dirk Adams for Senate on April 15, 2014

By John Adams

HELENA — The Great Falls Tribune will host a candidate forum featuring the three Democratic candidates running for the U.S. Senate. Interim Sen. John Walsh, former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger and Wilsall Rancher Dirk Adams have committed to participating in the May 3 debate at the Benefis East Campus Cameron Auditorium.

Protecting our wilderness and wildlife

Posted by Dirk Adams on April 10, 2014

The North Fork Watershed Protection Act, a bill that would prevent mining, oil and gas exploration along the North Fork of the Flathead River just stalled in the Senate. This is nothing new. Though Congressman Pat Williams and Senators Baucus, Melcher, Burns, and Tester have all tried to pass legislation designating new wilderness areas in Montana, it's been over 30 years since Congress has done so.

I wrote last month about why I support the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act, and it's more important now than ever.

Show your support of NREPA and demand that Congress pass it now >>

Join us for special events with Carole King next month!

Posted by Kris Corbett on April 08, 2014

Please join us for an Evening in Support of
Dirk Adams
Democrat for United States Senate

With a Special Performance By
Carole King

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Botanica Fine Art Gallery
4750 Jordan Spur Rd Bozeman, MT


Friday, May 2, 2014
L.A. Design Gallery
337 E Broadway St Missoula, MT

Patron: $2,600 * Platinum: $1000 * Gold: $500 * Silver: $250 * Bronze $100

Please join us for cocktails and appetizers followed by a very special musical performance. Space is limited; your attendance is not confirmed until contribution is received.

To R.S.V.P. contact Kris Corbett by phone (646) 707-2240 or by email or purchase tickets online:

Big Banks are a Big Problem for Democracy

Posted by Dirk Adams on April 07, 2014

America is recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Depression. Big banks crushed the home mortgage market, driving home prices to 50% of stable market prices or lower. In this crisis, little community banks, 1000 of them, including mine, were wiped out, not bailed out. Big banks, on the other hand, just got bigger. In fact, they got huge.

Before the recession, no one bank controlled even 5% of the total mortgage market, which is the largest market in the world, Now five banks control almost 80% of the market. How did that happen? Government and corporate cronyism and the corporate capture of government. The result is government policies that favor the big over the small, the corporate over the individual, and in the case of banking, government policies that favor big banks at the expense of community banks.

Community banks are closer to the people they serve. Decision-making is local. In community banks, bankers are bankers. Compare this to, for example, JPMorgan Chase and its CEO Jamie Diamond. J.P. Morgan Chase is a $2 TRILLION bank in every major market in the world. They are not "regulated." They drive regulations. The Federal Reserve has no problem with banks of this magnitude because it makes the Federal Reserve, itself, "important." There's more cache in "regulating" big banks than small community banks. It's known as "regulatory capture." However, the Federal Reserve did not act as regulators. They missed all the signs. Then, when it all unraveled they came after the little guys.

And nothing's changed other than the big guys got bigger, as did their crimes. J.P. Morgan Chase has since manipulated the aluminum market; lied about the value of derivatives in Jefferson County Alabama, breaking the county; cornered the energy market in California; hid 6 billion in losses from exotic trading; and engaged in bribery in China, aside from the mortgage fraud that preceded it all. Critics have said they're a racketeering enterprise, not a bank.

We need to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act which was repealed by the Financial Modernization Act of 1999. The Financial Modernization Act collapsed the wall between commercial banking and investment banking. And in a provision little noticed at the time, it authorized banks to enter ANY line of business that was complementary to financial activities.