John Tubbs

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John Tubbs
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Montana Director of Natural Resources and Conservation
In office
January 7, 2013 - Present
Years in position 2
PredecessorMary Sexton
Base salary$102,485
Elections and appointments
AppointedJanuary 7, 2013
Appointed byGov. Steve Bullock (D)
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthHelena, Montana
Office website
John Tubbs (b. in Helena, MT) is the Montana Director of Natural Resources and Conservation. He was appointment by Gov. Steve Bullock (D) and has served in this position since January 7, 2013.[1] He was confirmed unanimously by the Montana State Senate on April 12, 2013, by a vote of 49-0.[2]

Political career

DNRC (2013-Present)

Tubbs has served as Montana Director of Natural Resources and Conservation since January 7, 2013.[1]

U.S. Dept. of the Interior (2009-2013)

Tubbs was appointed during the Obama administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science for the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2009 until 2013.[1]

Montana Conservation Voters (2002-2009)

Tubbs was a member of the board of directors of Montana Conservation Voters (MCV) from 2002 until 2009. He also served as chair of the MCV Political Action Committee.[3]

DNRC (1985-2009)

Tubbs served as Water Resources Division Administrator, Resource Development Bureau Chief and a water resources economist during his term.[1]



In June 2009, Tubbs joined the Obama administration as a deputy assistant secretary of the Interior Department for water and science.

"It's a big change for me, a Montana kid going to D.C.," said Tubbs.[4]


Tubbs was appointed as Montana Director of Natural Resources and Conservation by Gov. Steve Bullock (D) in 2013.[1]


Water plan

In order to meet a growing water demand for a growing population, the DNRC released their proposed "Montana Water Supply Initiative – 2015" in early 2014. The map below outlines the critical areas Tubbs and the department evaluated for the plan.

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Fergus County land swap

In early 2014, David Killam, a Texas businessman, proposed a land swap with the state of Montana. Killam proposed a deal where he would gift the state a 14,505-acre ranch, known as Dana Ranch, and in return be given 14,136 acres of public-school trust parcels that fall on his ranch. After weighing the economic impacts and public opinion, Tubbs announced that he would not pursue the deal. Many believed that the trust parcels were worth more than Killam's ranch.[5]


Tubbs is married.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Sexton
Montana Director of Natural Resources and Conservation
Succeeded by