Daniel Zolnikov is a liberty-minded Republican representing Billings House District 45 in the Montana Legislature. He is a strong believer in gun rights, civil liberties concerning our freedoms and liberties, and limited government. Daniel is serving his fourth term in the Montana House and will be terming out in 2020.
Daniel specializes in the areas of energy, technology and civil liberty policy.
Daniel has been a staunch supporter of new technological innovations including blockchain and ride-sharing. He has passed a variety of nationally leading liberty legislation regarding privacy and our fourth amendment rights, and has successfully passed anti-human trafficking legislation. Daniel has served as the Chairman of the House Energy and Technology committee since 2017 and has passed forward thinking pieces of energy legislation that have reformed Montana’s procurement and competitive solicitation laws while also working to maintain Montana's role as an energy exporter.
As a Representative who first served in his mid 20’s, Daniel has specialized in 21st Century policy areas addressing the opportunities and risks associated with new technologies. Daniel has successfully passed laws requiring government to get a warrant in order to access cellphone location information, protect reporters’ electronic communications from government intrusion, and give immunity from MIP laws to minors who seek emergency medical attention. He also helped lead the effort to revise Montana’s outdated transportation laws to allow ride-sharing services like Uber to operate in Montana, which is expected to reduce the drunk driving epidemic in many communities. Most recently, Daniel passed a law that ensures the smart meter data that energy utilities collect about you belongs to you.
Forbes ranked Daniel among the top “30 Under 30” policymakers in the nation, and Red Alert Politics recognized him as one of the country’s Top 30 Conservatives under the age of 30. He has also received the Montana Library Association’s “Intellectual Freedom Award”, along with Responsibility.org’s “Advancing Alcohol Responsibility” leadership award. Most recently, Daniel earned the Superintendent of Public Instruction's LEARN award for his work on education policy. Daniel is a strong advocate of transparency in government, and has continuously engaged with voters on his public Facebook page.
Daniel received his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana where he earned three business majors in Information Systems, Marketing, and Management, along with a minor in Political Science. Outside of the Legislature, Daniel has worked as a coach, a small business consultant and recently earned his MBA.
Daniel enjoys fishing, swimming, and the freedom that only Big Sky Country can offer.