Rob Stutz

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Rob Stutz
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Montana, at-large District
Bachelor'sPurdue University
J.D.University of Montana Law School
Date of birthOctober 20, 1972
Campaign website
Robert Alan Stutz was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the At-Large Congressional District of Montana. Stutz has previously served as Chief Legal Counsel to the Montana Legislature.[1] Stutz was defeated by Kim Gillan in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012.[2]
Rob Stutz for Congress campaign logo.


Stutz was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps. His family moved to Billings when he was two years old. When his parents separated, he attended high schools in Germany and Jordan while his mother worked with the U.S. Foreign Service. He then earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue University and worked summer jobs at U.S. embassies in London, England and Belgrade, Serbia. He taught elementary school in Pakistan before moving to Missoula to attend law school. After graduation, he became Assistant Attorney General with the Montana Department of Justice. Stutz was the Chief Legal Counsel to the Montana Legislature for the 2011 session and opened his own small business, Stutz Law Office, after the session ended.[3]



See also: Montana's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

Stutz ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Montana's at-large District. He sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[4] He faced Kim Gillan, Diane Smith, Dave Strohmaier, Jason Ward, Franke Wilmer and Sam Rankin in the Democratic primary. Stutz was defeated by Kim Gillan in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012.[2][5]

Montana's At-Large District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKim Gillan 31% 25,077
Diane Smith 15.6% 12,618
Dave Strohmaier 14.1% 11,366
Rob Stutz 3.2% 2,586
Franke Wilmer 18.4% 14,836
Sam Rankin 11.6% 9,382
Jason Ward 6.1% 4,959
Total Votes 80,824


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Stutz lists eight issues. They are:[6]

  • Armed Forces
  • On his website, Stutz makes four remarks:
  • Bring our troops home from Afghanistan.
  • Preserve our veterans’ health care and retirement benefits.
  • Support military families and communities.
  • Maintain a ready, well-equipped force for today’s threats.
  • Conservation
  • On his website, Stutz makes four remarks:
  • Ensure that we always have wildlife and wild places to enjoy.
  • Promote fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation in a clean and healthful environment.
  • Manage our land, air, and water to benefit our quality of life and economy.
  • Secure access to public areas for public use.
  • Constitution
  • On his website, Stutz makes three remarks:
  • Support and defend the United States Constitution.
  • Champion the values in the Montana Constitution.
  • Work toward a more perfect United States for ourselves and for future generations
  • Economy and Jobs
  • On his website, Stutz makes four remarks:
  • Place the interests of people before the interests of large corporations.
  • Close tax loopholes that encourage corporations to hoard cash.
  • Encourage private industry to put Americans back to work, not ship jobs overseas.
  • Expand public investment in infrastructure, research and development, and on-the-job training.
  • Education
  • On his website, Stutz makes four remarks:
  • Allow teacher flexibility to implement local curriculum.
  • Demand accountability at all levels of education administration.
  • Reduce student loan dependency and expand scholarship programs.
  • Back the early teaching of civics, science, personal finance, and the arts.
  • Healthcare
  • On his website, Stutz makes four remarks:
  • Establish a single-payer system that protects patients and their privacy.
  • Eliminate red tape that bloats costs and reduces effectiveness.
  • Negotiate prices for Medicare prescription drugs to save billions of dollars.
  • Increase opportunities for training LPNs, RNs, FNPs, MDs, and first responders.
  • Native Americans
  • On his website, Stutz makes four remarks:
  • Respect the sovereignty of tribes and the legal obligations of treaties.
  • Value the input of tribal members on issues affecting the tribes.
  • Remove roadblocks to quality education, health care, and economic development on reservations.
  • Educate Congress about the enduring heritage of Native Americans.
  • Respect the People
  • On his website, Stutz makes four remarks:
  • Reflect middle-class values, not the values of corporate lobbyists.
  • Govern in the open to keep citizens informed.
  • Boost citizen participation in government, including through the jury system.
  • Assist with the implementation of state voter initiatives.


Stutz has been married to his wife, Blanche Nichols, since 2000. They have two sons and live in Helena, MT.[1]

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