Gail Gutsche

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Gail Gutsche
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Montana Public Service Commissioner - District 4
Former officeholder
In office
2009 - January 2013
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWhite Bear Lake High School (1972)
Bachelor'sGustavus Adophus College (1976)
Place of birthSt. Paul, Minnesota
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Gail Gutsche was a member of the Montana Public Service Commission representing District 4. Gutsche, a Democrat, was first elected in 2008 and assumed office in 2009. She lost her bid for re-election in 2012 to Bob Lake (R).[1]


A writer by trade, Gutsche worked for Sun Newspapers from 1976-1991 and the Salt Lake City Publishing Company in 1991. Since 2004 she has been a freelance writer and consultant. Gutsche co-owned Wild Rockies Tours, a Montana-based canoe-touring business, from 1996-2006.[1]


  • B.A., English, Gustavus Adophus College, 1976
  • White Bear Lake High School, 1972

Political career

Public Service Commission (2009-2013)

In 2008, Gutsche became only the second woman to be elected to the Montana Public Service Commission. Her term expired in 2013.

Montana House of Representatives (1999-2005)

First elected in 1998, Gutsche served four terms in the Montana House of Representatives. She sat on the Judiciary, Fish Wildlife and Parks and Natural Resources Committees, and was elected Whip in 2005.



See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Gutsche sought re-election in 2012.[2] She was unopposed in the June 5 Democratic primary and lost to Bob Lake (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Montana Public Service Commission District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Lake 51.4% 49,140
     Democratic Gail Gutsche Incumbent 48.6% 46,462
Total Votes 95,602
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Montana Public Service Commission, District 4, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGail Gutsche 100% 16,407
Total Votes 16,407
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.


Gutsche won election on November 4, 2008, defeating Republican Doug Mood.[4]

Montana Public Service Commission District 4, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGail Gutsche 51.9% 48,755
     Republican Doug Mood Incumbent 48.1% 45,138
Total Votes 93,893

Campaign donors


Gutsche lost the election to the position of Montana Public Service Commission District 4 in 2012. During that election cycle, Gutsche raised a total of $38,595.

2002, 2004 and 2008

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Political offices
Preceded by
Montana Public Service Commissioner District 4
Succeeded by
Bob Lake (R)