Pam Bucy

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Pam Bucy
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Montana Commissioner of Labor and Industry
In office
January 7, 2013 - present
Years in position 2
PredecessorKeith Kelly
Base salary$102,485
Elections and appointments
AppointedJanuary 7, 2013
Appointed byGov. Steve Bullock (D)
Campaign $$387,814
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRocky Mountain College
J.D.University of Montana
Date of birthNovember 4, 1968
Place of birthTownsend, Montana
Office website
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Pam Bucy (b. November 4, 1968) is the Montana Commissioner of Labor and Industry. She was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock (D) and has served since January 7, 2013.[1]

Bucy was a 2012 candidate for Attorney General of Montana. Bucy served as Administrative Counsel for the Montana Department of Labor.[2]


Bucy was born and raised in Townshend, Montana. She remained in her home state after high school graduation to attend Rocky Mountain College-Billings. There, she studied political science/history, english, and philosophy, graduating with bachelor's of arts degrees in the former two, in 1991.[3] Then, in 1998, Bucy earned her law degree from the University of Montana School of Law. She spent the intervening years between college and law school in Livingston, where she ran a small business and served as Assistant Manager of the Livingston Chamber of Commerce.[4]

Upon graduating from law school, Bucy was hired as a criminal prosecutor with the Lewis & Clark County Attorney’s office.[4] She went on to work as Executive Assistant Attorney General under former attorney general and current Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath. Her time as chief deputy attorney general provided Bucy with the opportunity to represent the state in front of the Supreme Court and establish her specialty as a prosecutor of sex-related crime; In addition to handling her combination civil and criminal caseload, she led the office to create and develop its system for registering sex and violent offenders.[5]

She left her post at the attorney general's office after 7 years to take a job with Montana's Department of Labor and Industry. She began as Chief Legal Counsel for the Department, and eventually moved into the role of Administrative Counsel.[4]


  • Rocky Mountain College-Billings with degrees in history, political science and English (1991)
  • J.D. University of Montana School of Law (1998)

Political Career

Montana Commissioner of Labor (2013-Present)

Bucy has served as Montana Commissioner of Labor and Industry since January 7, 2013.[1]



See also: Montana attorney general election, 2012

Bucy defeated fellow Democrat Jesse Laslovich for their party's nomination in the primary contest on June 5, 2012. She lost to Tim Fox (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

Attorney General of Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Pam Bucy 46.3% 218,228
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Fox 53.7% 252,916
Total Votes 471,144
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Montana Attorney General Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPam Bucy 50.5% 42,035
Jesse Laslovich 49.5% 41,148
Total Votes 83,183
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.


Bucy received the endorsement of the Billings Gazette.[7]


  • Montana's Corrupt Practices Act

When asked about the US Supreme Court's recent block of Montana's recent ruling to uphold its 1912 Corrupt Practices Act, which precludes corporate spending in elections, Bucy said that - while it is not the role of the attorney general to determine whether a law is constitutional or not - she supports the law for its service in addressing the "very real and dangerous practice of corporations buying, bribing and bullying election results favorable to themselves... As attorney general I will fight to ensure that Montana citizens, not corporations, maintain control of their elections."[2]

  • Crime

Bucy said that as attorney general she would hire a criminal investigator "from Glendive or Sidney" and redistribute highway patrol officers to eastern Montana to assist local law enforcement in areas where there is a high concentration of accidents and growing number of major crimes. When prompted to give her opinion on the current condition of Montana's sex offender registry, she said that she would have it updated and allocate more resources, namely manpower, "to verify information in the registry and ensure compliance with registration requirements."[2]

  • Public Lands

Montana's attorney general serves as a voting member of the state's Board of Land Commissioners. Bucy said she would use that position to bring all stakeholders together in conversation about how best "to ensure that Montana's school trust stays healthy and viable for generations to come."[2]

  • Obamacare

Bucy said she does not support Montana's involvement in the multistate lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." She believes that challenging a voter-approved law is not the job of the attorney general. Furthermore, she said that such actions are "overtly political and will impact the credibility of the office."[2]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bucy is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bucy raised a total of $387,814 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[8]

Pam Bucy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Attorney General of Montana Defeated $387,814
Grand Total Raised $387,814


Bucy lost the election to the position of Montana Attorney General in 2012. During that election cycle, Bucy raised a total of $387,814.


Bucy resides in Helena with husband, Mark Piskolich, and their three children, Errol, Emma and Quinn.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Keith Kelly
Montana Commissioner of Labor and Industry
Succeeded by