Bill Gallagher

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Bill Gallagher
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Montana Public Service Commissioner - District 5
In office
January 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
Base salary$94,531
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)
BirthdayJuly 25, 1959
Place of birthEureka, California
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Bill Gallagher (b. July 25, 1959) is a member of the Montana Public Service Commission representing District 5. Gallagher, a Republican, was first elected to the commission in 2010. He was also a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Montana in the 2012 election. He and his running mate, Ken Miller, finished third in the June 5th primary election.[1]

Gallagher was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June of 2013. Gallagher said in an announcement that "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.[2][1]


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.[3]

Gallagher and his wife, Jennifer, have two children.[3]


  • JD, University of Montana School of Law, 2005
  • BS, Secondary Education/Social Science, Western Montana College, 1983

Political career

Public Service Commission (2011-Present)

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



See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Gallagher is not running for re-election in the 2014 elections.[2][1] The general election takes 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.[1]


Gallagher won election to the Public service Commission in the November 2, 2010 election, defeating Democrat Ken Toole.[4]

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.[5][6]

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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