John Walsh (Montana)

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John Walsh
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U.S. Senator, Montana
In office
February 7, 2014-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 0
PredecessorMax Baucus (D)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,863,832
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor, Montana
Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard
September 2008 - March 7, 2012
High schoolButte High School
Bachelor'sState University of New York (1990)
Master'sU.S. Army War College (2007)
Military service
Service/branchMontana National Guard
Years of service1979-Present
BirthdayNovember 3, 1960
Place of birthButte, MT
Campaign website
John E. Walsh is a U.S. Senator, representing the state of Montana. He was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock on February 7, 2014, to fill the Senate seat of Max Baucus after Baucus was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to China on February 6, 2014. Walsh will hold the seat until the 2014 general election on November 4, 2014.

Walsh is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[1][2]

Walsh formerly served as Lieutenant Governor of Montana. He was elected on a ticket with Steve Bullock, then the Attorney General of Montana, and was sworn in as lieutenant governor on January 7, 2013.[3]


Walsh was born November 3, 1960 in Butte, Montana. He graduated from Butte High School, received an undergraduate degree from the State University, and earned a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Walsh has served over 30 years in the Montana National Guard and resigned as Montana's Adjutant General in order to run for lieutenant governor.[4]


  • Butte High School
  • BA, State University of New York
  • MA, Strategic studies, U.S. Army War College

Political career

  • 2013-2014: Lieutenant Governor of Montana
  • 2014-Present: United States Senator, Montana

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Walsh serves on the following committees:[5]



A 2010 report found Walsh improperly used his position as adjutant general for personal gain. The report, written by the inspector general of the Army alleged Walsh tried to get the Montana National Guard, a private group, to join the National Guard Association of the United States. At the time he was running for vice-chair Army of the national association. Prior to endorsing the NGAUS, Walsh asked the Judge Advocate General of the National Guard Bureau if he could legally endorse the association given his position. He interpreted the opinion as allowing an endorsement. The controversy could hurt Walsh as he seeks appointment to the U.S. Senate, following Baucus' ambassadorship.[6]



See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2014

Walsh is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Montana. Walsh won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[2]

U.S. Senate, Montana Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Walsh Incumbent 64% 48,665
John Bohlinger 22.6% 17,187
Dirk Adams 13.3% 10,139
Total Votes 75,991
Source: Montana Secretary of State - Official Primary Results

Walsh was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock on February 7, 2014, to fill the Senate seat of Max Baucus after Baucus was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to China on February 6, 2014. Walsh will hold the seat until the 2014 general election.

A poll released in November 2013 by Public Policy Polling shows regardless of the candidate, Republican Steve Daines is likely to win the seat in 2014. In a match-up against Democrat John Walsh, Daines leads 52% to 35%. In a match-up against Democrat John Bohlinger, Daines leads 51% to 36%.[7]

Campaign officials

In October 2013, the Walsh campaign hired former officials of Sen. Jon Tester's successful 2012 re-election campaign.[8]

Fundraiser for Walsh

Jon Tester and Max Baucus held a fundraiser in November 2013 for Democrat John Walsh, who will be running for Montana's U.S. Senate seat in 2014. Baucus was appointed U.S. Ambassador to China and will not be seeking re-election. The fundraiser featured Democrat Chuck Schumer from New York. This fundraiser angered Democrat John Bohlinger, who will be challenging Walsh in the Democratic senatorial primary. He said, "I am really troubled by the involvement of the Washington insiders in a Montana Democratic senatorial primary race. They should have no business of trying to influence an outcome of an election here." Bohlinger continued to blast D.C. donors saying, "I’ll be raising money, but it will be far lesser amounts than the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (of Washington, D.C.) will pour into Walsh’s campaign fund. Mine will be money that comes from Montanans. I’m really offended by the DSCC and their interest in this (primary)."[9]


John Walsh 2014 campaign ad

Walsh campaign ad attacking Steve Daines


See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

In Montana, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected on a single ticket. Walsh was Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock's running mate in the 2012 election.[10] They defeated Heather Margolis and her running mate Steve Nelsen in the June 5th primary election.[11]

Steve Bullock introduces Walsh during the 2012 campaign

Bullock and Walsh won election in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock and John E. Walsh 48.9% 236,450
     Republican Rick Hill and Jon Sonju 47.3% 228,879
     Libertarian Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy 3.8% 18,160
Total Votes 483,489
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Governor/Lt. Governor of Montana, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock & John E. Walsh 86.6% 76,738
Heather Margolis & Steve Nelsen 13.4% 11,823
Total Votes 88,561
Election Results Via:Montana Secretary of State.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Walsh is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Walsh raised a total of $1,863,832 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[12]

John Walsh (Montana)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Montana* Won $1,863,832
Grand Total Raised $1,863,832
*This was a joint-ticket with Governor Steve Bullock.


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Walsh's reports.[13]

John Walsh (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End Quarterly[14]December 31, 2013$0.00$583,103.00$(147,554.00)$435,549.00
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$435,549.48$946,393.01$(684,576.50)$697,365.99
Running totals


Walsh won re-election to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Montana in 2012. During that election cycle, Walsh raised a total of $1,863,832.


Walsh and his wife, Janet, live in Helena and have two adult sons.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Max Baucus (D)
United States Senate - Montana
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Bohlinger (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Montana
2013 - 2014
Succeeded by
Angela McLean