|John Bohlinger, Jr.|
|Lieutenant Governor of Montana|
|January 23, 2005 - January 7, 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2008|
|First elected||November 2, 2004|
|Montana State Senate|
|1998 – 2004|
|Montana House of Representatives|
|1992 – 1998|
|High school||Billings Senior High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Montana (1959)|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1954 – 1961|
|Birthday||April 21, 1936|
|Place of birth||Bozeman, Montana|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
John Bohlinger, Jr. (born April 21, 1936) was the Lieutenant Governor of Montana from 2005-2013. Bohlinger ran successfully as a Republican, on a ticket headed by Democrat Brian Schweitzer in 2004 and 2008. He was succeeded by Democrat John E. Walsh on January 7, 2013.
John Bohlinger was born in Bozeman, Montana on April 21, 1936, to parents John and Aileen Bohlinger, and in 1941, the family moved to Billings, Montana where his parents operated a women's apparel store called Aileen's.
While enrolled at Billings Senior High School, Bohlinger enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He went on to the University of Montana where he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in business. The Marine Corps called him to service after his sophomore year and he completed his university career after completing his service with the Marine Corps. Bohlinger spent the next 33 years as a small businessman working in the family clothing business. He was the widower of the late Bette Cobetto, who died of cancer on January 9, 2006 and was married to Karen Seiler in Helena January 12, 2008.
- BA, Business, University of Montana, 1959
Lieutenant Governor (2005-2013)
On the 2004 gubernatorial ticket, Bohlinger, a Republican, joined with Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat. There was no precedent in Montana where the candidates on a gubernatorial ticket belonged to different parties and the pairing was controversial. The ticket prevailed and Bohlinger was inaugurated as Lieutenant Governor of Montana on January 3, 2005.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Schweitzer/Bohlinger ticket won re-election in the November 4, 2008 election.
Workers' compensation bill
Lt. Gov. Bohlinger chairs the Labor-Management Advisory Council (LMAC) and told members in December 2010 that Republican House leaders have said the bill does not go far enough and want to craft their own bill.
“It’s unfortunate that people with limited background have made that declaration,” Bohlinger, a Republican who serves with a Democratic governor, said.
At the time Bohlinger made these comments, the panel was working on the finishing touches on reforms to the workers’ compensation system that officials hope will save the state $131 million in rates.
Montana legislature (1992-2004)
Bohlinger served three terms in the Montana House of Representatives and was then twice elected to the Montana State Senate. He resigned his Senate seat when he assumed the office of Lieutenant Governor.
Fundraiser for Walsh
Jon Tester and Max Baucus held a fundraiser in November 2013 for Democrat John Walsh, who is running for Montana's U.S. Senate seat in 2014. Baucus was appointed U.S. Ambassador to China and did not seek re-election. The fundraiser featured Democrat Chuck Schumer from New York. This fundraiser angered Democrat John Bohlinger, who challenged Walsh in the 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)."
|U.S. Senate, Montana Democratic Primary, 2014|
|John Walsh Incumbent||64%||48,665|
|Source: Montana Secretary of State - Official Primary Results|
A poll released in November 2013 by Public Policy Polling showed that, regardless of the Democratic candidate, Daines was likely to win the seat in 2014. In a match-up against Democrat John Walsh, Daines led 52% to 35%. In a match-up against Bohlinger, Daines led 51% to 36%.
Bohinger did not run for re-election in 2012.
|Governor/Lt. Governor of Montana, 2008|
|Democratic||Brian Schweitzer/John Bohlinger Incumbent||65.5%||318,670|
|Republican||Roy Brown/Steve Daines||32.5%||158,268|
|Libertarian||Stan Jones/Michael Baker||2%||9,796|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Brian Schweiter/John Bohlinger's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Brian Schweiter/John Bohlinger's Campaign Contributions|
Governor/Lt Governor of Montana
Governor/Lt Governor of Montana
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$749,196 (Rep.)|
|Top 5 contributors||Montana Democratic Party||$20,172||Michael G. Eiselein||$1,700|
|Beverly Rogers||$2,000||Curtis D. Starr||$1,500|
|James E. Rogers||$2,000||Thomas Heisler||$1,500|
|Gene R. Jarussi||$1,760||Harp Cote||$1,450|
|John Bohlinger (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Year-End||January 30, 2014||$0.00||$22,490.42||$(18,175.47)||$4,314.95|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$4,314.95||$5,950.00||$(3,992.74)||$6,272.21|
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- Bohlinger Biography
- Schweitzer Bohlinger Official campaign site
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Montana Governor's Office, "Biography: Lt. Governor John Bohlinger," accessed September 15, 2012
- The Billings-Gazette, "Bullock sworn in as 24th governor of Montana," January 7, 2013
- "Workers’ comp bill changes course in hopes of beating opposition," Montana Watchdog, December 15, 2010
- Missoulian.com, "Bohlinger criticizes Baucus, Tester for early backing of Walsh in U.S. Senate race," accessed November 12, 2013
- Politico, "Montana Senate race 2014 poll: Steve Daines in driver’s seat," accessed November 21, 2013
- Montana Secretary of State, "2008 Statewide General Election Results," accessed December 10, 2011
- Montana Secretary of State, "2004 Statewide General Election Results," accessed December 17, 2011
- Follow the Money.org
- Federal Election Commission, "John Bohlinger Summary Report," accessed April 29, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "John Bohlinger Year-End," accessed April 29, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "John Bohlinger April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
|Montana Lieutenant Governor
January 2005 – January 2013
| Succeeded by|
John E. Walsh (D)