Linda McCulloch

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Linda McCulloch
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Montana Secretary of State
In office
Term ends
Years in position 6
PredecessorBrad Johnson (R)
Base salary$79,129
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction
2002 – 2008
Montana House of Representatives
1994 – 2000
High schoolSoutheastern High School (1973)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Montana (1982)
Master'sUniversity of Montana (1990)
BirthdayDecember 21, 1954
Place of birthSpringfield, Ohio
Office website
Campaign website
Linda McCulloch (born December 21, 1954, in Springfield, Ohio) is the current Democratic Secretary of State of Montana. She was first elected to the statewide position in 2008, and is Montana's first female secretary of state.[1]


McCulloch was born in Ohio but has spent her entire adult life in Montana. She moved to her now-home state in 1978 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at the University of Montana, where she subsequently received her Master's degree as well, specializing in Supervision of Library Media Programs. She began her teaching career in Ashland, Montana, and then spent almost 20 years in Bonner teaching elementary school, serving as the school librarian.[2] Other roles McCulloch has occupied, or presently occupies, include:

  • Member/Officer, Parent Teacher Association (1985-present)
  • Alpha Delta Kappa Educational Association
  • American Association of University Women
  • Five Valleys Reading Association
  • Friends of the UM Library
  • Fort Missoula Historical Society
  • League of Women Voters
  • Former Board Member, Missoula Developmental Services Corporation
  • Missoula Folklore Society
  • Montana Democratic Women's Club
  • Montana Family Union
  • Board Member, Montana Heritage Project
  • Montana Library Association
  • Board Member, Montana Professional Teaching Foundation
  • Montana State Reading Council
  • Board Member, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratories
  • Women Legislator's Lobby


  • Bachelor's degree, University of Montana (1982) in elementary education
  • Master's degree, University of Montana (1990) in elementary education

Political career

Montana Secretary of State (2008-Present)

State law barred McCulloch from running for a third term as Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2008, so McCulloch instead chose to run for Secretary of State. She narrowly beat her Republican opponent, Brad Johnson, and officially took office in January 2009. MuCulloch successfully won re-election on November 6, 2012.

Secretary of State Project

See also: Secretary of State Project

ActBlue reported that McCulloch received a substantial donation of at least $19,407 from the Secretary of State Project, a below-the-radar 527 political organization whose purpose is to "wrestling control of the country from the Republican Party" through the process of "removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count," namely the office of Secretary of State in many cases. [3] [4]

Superintendent of Public Instruction (2000-2008)

McCulloch successfully ran for Superintendent of Public Instruction in the state in 2000 and was re-elected to the office in 2004.

Montana House of Representatives (1994-2000)

Linda McCulloch began her political career serving the people of Montana as a representative in the Montana State House of Representatives, being elected to the position in 1994. She retained the role for six years.



See also: Montana secretary of state election, 2012

McCulloch won re-election in 2012.[5] She faced her predecessor Brad Johnson (R), whom she unseated in 2008, and Roger Roots (L) in the general election contest on November 6, 2012.

Montana Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda McCulloch Incumbent 51.4% 245,024
     Republican Brad Johnson 45.1% 214,976
     Libertarian Roger Roots 3.5% 16,622
Total Votes 476,622
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Montana Secretary of State Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLinda McCulloch 100% 85,189
Total Votes 85,189
Election Results Via:Montana Secretary of State.


  • Montana Chamber of Commerce[6]


McCulloch defeated Republican Brad Johnson and Constitution Party candidate Sieglinde Sharbono to become Montana Secretary of State in the November 2008 general election. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[7]

Montana Secretary of State, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda McCulloch 49.3% 233,717
     Republican Brad Johnson 48.2% 228,412
     Constitution Sieglinde Sharbono 2.5% 11,722
Total Votes 473,851
Election Results Via: Montana Secretary of State


In the 2004 Race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, McCulloch faced Republican Bob Anderson in the general election, winning with almost 57% of the vote.

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda McCulloch Incumbent 56.9% 246,204
     Republican Bob Anderson 43.1% 186,338
Total Votes 432,542
Election Results Via: Montana Secretary of State


In the 2000 Race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, McCulloch defeated Republican opponent Elaine Sollie Herman by a margin of 12%.

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda McCulloch 52.8% 206,941
     Republican Elaine Sollie Herman 41.3% 162,069
     Reform Larry D. Foust 5.9% 22,952
Total Votes 391,962
Election Results Via: Montana Secretary of State

Campaign donors


McCulloch won re-election to the position of Montana Secretary of State in 2012. During that election cycle, McCulloch raised a total of $98,898.


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 Linda McCulloch's donors each year.[8] Click [show] for more information.


McCulloch currently resides in Helena, Montana with her husband, Bill. They have no children together.

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Contact information


Capitol contact

Capitol Address:
Montana Secretary of State
Post Office Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620-2801

Phone: (406) 444-2034
Fax: (406) 444-3976

Campaign Contact

McCulloch for Montana’s Vote
P.O. Box 352
Helena, MT 59624

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Political offices
Preceded by
Brad Johnson (R)
Montana Secretary of State
Succeeded by