Kathy Seeley

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Kathy Seeley
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Court Information:
Montana 1st Judicial District Court
Title:   Judge
Active:   2008-2020
Preceded by:   Thomas Honzel
Past position:   Assistant Montana attorney general
Past position 2:   Prosecutor, Prosecution Services Bureau
Personal History
Hometown:   White Sulphur Springs, MT
Undergraduate:   Carroll College, 1980
Law School:   University of Montana School of Law, 1983
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  1st District Court
Position:  Retention
State:  Montana
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  6/3/2014
Primary vote:  99.4%ApprovedA
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  85.3%ApprovedA

Kathy Seeley is a district court judge for the 1st District Court in Montana.[1] She joined the court in 2008 to replace Judge Thomas Honzel and was retained by voters in 2014, winning a six-year term that expires on December 31, 2020.[2][3]



See also: Montana judicial elections, 2014
Seeley was retained to the 1st District Court with 85.3 percent of the vote on November 4, 2014.[4]

She ran unopposed in the primary on June 3, 2014.[5]


Seeley earned her undergraduate degree in business and finance from Carroll College in 1980. She received her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law in 1983.[2]


Prior to joining the bench in 2008, Seeley worked as an attorney, an assistant Montana attorney general and a prosecutor for the Prosecution Services Bureau.[2]

Notable cases

Dismissing Gov. Schweitzer's suit

In late 2010, Judge Kathy Seeley dismissed a lawsuit Gov. Brian Schweitzer filed against the legislature in September of that year. Schweitzer claimed a bill, HP 676, passed in 2009 was unconstitutional because it "limited his veto power."[6] Judge Seeley said:
While (the governor) alleges that the Legislature’s actions in passing HB 676 (in 2009) ‘limited’ his veto power, and his brief in opposition to the motion to dismiss asserts that his ‘constitutional veto power was essentially nullified’ and ‘effectively invalidated’ by the Legislature’s actions, the fact is that his veto power was never in jeopardy. Instead, he chose not to exercise it and not to sign the bill, both of which were legitimate options.[6][7]

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