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Jim Lynch

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Jim Lynch
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Candidate for
Governor of Montana
High schoolGonzaga Prep High School (1972)
Bachelor'sKean University (1979)
Date of birthFebruary 5, 1954
Place of birthSpokane, WA
Personal website
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Jim Lynch was a 2012 Republican candidate for Governor of Montana in the 2012 election.[1] He and his running mate, Al Olszewski, finished sixth in the June 5th primary election.[2]


Lynch was born in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Gonzaga Prep High School before receiving a bachelor in management science from Kean University in New Jersey.[3]

Lynch worked from 1979-1986 as the President of Johanson Construction Company in Spokane, from 1986-2002 as the President/CEO of NUPAC in Kalispell, MT, and from 2002-2005 as a Construction Manager and Public Policy Advisor for Oldcastle Materials NW Group. In 2005, he was appointed Director of the Montana Department of Transportation, where he served until 2011.[4]


  • Gonzaga Prep High School (1972)
  • B.S., Management science, Kean University (1979)



See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Lynch sought the Republican nomination for Governor of Montana. He and his running mate, Al Olszewski, finished sixth in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012.[2]


Lynch has said the central theme of his campaign will be to limit the scope and size of the government.[5] His campaign website identifies four key issues:

  1. Agriculture - ranching and farming. State government needs to step up to its responsibility to protect the rights of all private land holders. Shirking its duty puts a vital piece of Montana’s economy at risk.
  2. Natural resource development (energy). Montana could be a leader in providing energy resources on a national and global level. Lack of government cooperation and the lack of focus on sufficient infrastructure hold us back.
  3. Economic expansion and job growth. The state of Montana needs to display the “Open for Business” banner, and back that up with behavior, processes, policies and focus to stimulate our private sector.
  4. Education. A common theme across the state is that our dropout rate is too high and graduation rates are too low. The state needs to use its resources to support the districts at the local level to proceed with a sense of urgency to get at what’s driving those rates and support solutions that will pull our performance up.


Lynch and his wife, Pam, have three children and live in Kalispell.[3]

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