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|Governor of Montana|
|High school||Gonzaga Prep High School (1972)|
|Bachelor's||Kean University (1979)|
|Date of birth||February 5, 1954|
|Place of birth||Spokane, WA|
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.
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.
- Gonzaga Prep High School (1972)
- B.S., Management science, Kean University (1979)
Lynch has said the central theme of his campaign will be to limit the scope and size of the government. His campaign website identifies four key issues:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Governor of Montana
- Lieutenant Governor of Montana
- Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012
- KTVQ.com, "Jim Lynch announces candidacy for Governor," October 13, 2011
- Montana Secretary of State, "Unofficial results: June 5, 2012
- Lynch for Gov, "Family life," accessed March 5, 2012
- Lynch for Gov.com, "Quick facts," accessed March 12, 2012
- Missoulian, "GOP governor candidate Lynch calls for limited government role," December 6, 2011