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John Walsh (Montana)

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John E. Walsh
Gen. John Walsh.jpg
Lieutenant Governor of Montana
In office
January 7, 2013-present
Term ends
Years in position 2
PredecessorJohn Bohlinger (R)
Base salary$86,362
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,863,832
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard
September 2008 - March 7, 2012
High schoolButte High School
Bachelor'sState University of New York (1990)
Master'sU.S. Army War College (2007)
Military service
Service/branchMontana National Guard
Years of service1979-Present
Date of birthNovember 3, 1960
Place of birthButte, MT
Office website
Campaign website
John E. Walsh is the current Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Montana. He was elected on a ticket with Steve Bullock, then the Attorney General of Montana, and was sworn in as lieutenant governor on January 7, 2013.[1]

He is a potential Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate representing Montana in the 2014 election cycle.[2]


Walsh was born November 3, 1960 in Butte, Montana. He graduated from Butte High School, received an undergraduate degree from the State University, and earned a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Walsh has served over 30 years in the Montana National Guard and resigned as Montana's Adjutant General in order to run with Bullock.[3]


  • Butte High School
  • BA, State University of New York
  • MA, Strategic studies, U.S. Army War College

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Montana (2013-present)

Walsh was elected Lieutenant Governor of Montana on November 6, 2012. He and gubernatorial running mate Steve Bullock were sworn in on January 7, 2013.



See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2014

Walsh is a potential Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate representing Montana in the 2014 election cycle.[2]


See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

In Montana, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected on a single ticket. Walsh was Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock's running mate in the 2012 election.[4] They defeated Heather Margolis and her running mate Steve Nelsen in the June 5th primary election.[5]

Steve Bullock introduces Walsh during the 2012 campaign

Bullock and Walsh won election in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock and John E. Walsh 48.9% 236,450
     Republican Rick Hill and Jon Sonju 47.3% 228,879
     Libertarian Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy 3.8% 18,160
Total Votes 483,489
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Governor/Lt. Governor of Montana, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock & John E. Walsh 86.6% 76,738
Heather Margolis & Steve Nelsen 13.4% 11,823
Total Votes 88,561
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Walsh is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Walsh raised a total of $1,863,832 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[6]

John Walsh (Montana)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Montana* Won $1,863,832
Grand Total Raised $1,863,832
*This was a joint-ticket with Governor Steve Bullock.


Walsh won re-election to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Montana in 2012. During that election cycle, Walsh raised a total of $1,863,832.


Walsh and his wife, Janet, live in Helena and have two adult sons.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Bohlinger (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Montana
2013 - present
Succeeded by