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Mike McGrath

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Mike McGrath
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Current Court Information:
Montana Supreme Court
Title:   Chief justice
Selection:   Elected
Active:   2009-2016
Preceded by:   Karla Gray
Past post:   Attorney General of Montana
Past term:   2000-2008
Past post 2:   Lewis and Clark County attorney
Past term 2:   1982-2000
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Montana, 1970
Law School:   Gonzaga University Law School, 1975
Military service:   United States Air Force

Mike McGrath is the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Montana. He was elected in 2008 and his current term ends in 2016.[1]

Formerly, was the Attorney General of Montana. He was elected in November 2000 as the attorney general, and was unopposed for his second term in 2004.


McGrath earned a B.A. in business administration from the University of Montana in 1970 and his J.D. from Gonzaga University Law School in 1975.[2]


  • 2008-2016: Chief justice, Supreme Court of Montana
  • 2000-2008: Montana Attorney General|Attorney General of Montana
  • 1982-2000: Lewis and Clark County attorney
  • 1976-1982: Assistant attorney general, Montana
  • 1975-1976: Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer, Reno, Nevada
  • 1970-1972: U.S. Air Force[1][2]


2008 election

Chief Justice Karla M. Gray retired from the court, leaving an open seat. Mike McGrath was elected to the court with 75.1% of the vote.[3]

Declines to investigate Gov. Schweitzer

In July 2008, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer gave a speech in Philadelphia to the American Association for Justice, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, during which he said that he tampered with the 2006 U.S. Senate election in Montana to help Democrat Jon Tester win. When the text of his remarks surfaced September 3, 2008, state and national media covered the story. Schweitzer eventually said that the remarks had been meant as a joke.[4]

A conservative columnist in Montana asked McGrath, as Montana's attorney general, to investigate, but McGrath declined. In response, Erik Iverson, the chair of the Montana Republican Party, alleged that McGrath had refused to investigate "without so much as even lifting a finger in an effort to ascertain the facts." The U.S. attorney's office is reviewing Schweitzer's comments to see if a federal investigation is warranted. [5]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

Awards and associations

  • Former chair, Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG)
  • President, Montana County Attorneys' Association

See also

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