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Bill Gallagher

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Bill Gallagher
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Montana Public Service Commissioner - District 5
Former officeholder
In office
January 2011 - January 5, 2015
Base salary$98,125
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$315,910
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWestern Montana College (1983)
J.D.University of Montana School of Law (2005)
Date of birthJuly 25, 1959
Place of birthEureka, California
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Bill Gallagher (b. July 25, 1959) is a former member of the Montana Public Service Commission. He represented District 5 during his time on the commission. Gallagher, a Republican, was first elected to the commission in 2010 and served as commission chair.[1]

Gallagher ran for Lieutenant Governor of Montana in the 2012 election. He and his running mate, Ken Miller, finished third in the June 5 primary election.[2]

Gallagher was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2013. Upon sharing his diagnosis to the public, Gallagher stated, "My goal is to be cancer-free in six months so that I can concentrate on my re-election campaign in 2014 and continue serving Montana." Gallagher ultimately did not file to run for re-election.[3][2] He was succeeded in January 2015 by Brad Johnson (R).


Born in Eureka, California, Gallagher has been a private practice attorney since 2005. Prior to that he was a teacher from 1983-1987 and an insurance agent with Farmer's Bureau Insurance from 1984-2002.[4]

Gallagher graduated with his Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law in 2005. His law practice is based in Helena and deals with land use law, real estate, probate and utility law, estate and business planning.[1]


  • J.D., University of Montana School of Law, 2005
  • B.S., Secondary Education/Social Science, Western Montana College, 1983

Political career

Public Service Commission (2011-2015)

Gallagher was elected to the Montana Public Service Commission in 2010.



See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Gallagher did not run for re-election in the 2014 elections.[2][3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Gallagher sought the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Montana. He and his running mate, Ken Miller, finished third in a field of seven candidate pairs in the June 5th primary election.[2]


Gallagher won election to the Public service Commission in the November 2, 2010 election, defeating Democrat Ken Toole.[5]

Montana Public Service Commission District 5, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Gallagher 58.1% 42,460
     Democratic Ken Toole 41.9% 30,648
Total Votes 73,108

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gallagher is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gallagher raised a total of $315,910 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[6][7]

Bill Gallagher's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Montana* Defeated $276,284
2012 Montana Public Service Commissioner District 5 Not up for election $0
2010 Montana Public Service Commissioner District 5 Won $39,626
Grand Total Raised $315,910
*Gallagher sought the Democratic nomination on a joint-ticket with gubernatorial running mate Ken Miller.


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Gallagher and his wife, Jennifer, have two children.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Montana Public Service Commissioner District 5
Succeeded by
Brad Johnson (R)