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Steve Bullock
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Governor of Montana
In office
January 7, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
PredecessorBrian Schweitzer (D)
Base salary$108,167
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,403,266
Term limitsCannot exceed 8 years in any 16 year period
Prior offices
Attorney General of Montana
High schoolHelena High School (1984)
Bachelor'sClaremont McKenna College
J.D.Columbia University School of Law
Date of birthApril 11, 1966
Place of birthMissoula, Montana
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Steve Bullock (b. April 11, 1966, in Missoula, Montana) is the 24th and current Democratic Governor of Montana. He has served in this position since 2013.[1] Bullock was first elected governor in 2012. He and his running mate, Brigadier General (Ret.) John E. Walsh, defeated Heather Margolis and Steve Nelsen in the June 5, 2012 primary election.[2] The Bullock/Walsh ticket then triumphed over Republicans Rick Hill and Jon Sonju, and Libertarians Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy in the general election on November 6, 2012. Bullock was sworn into office on January 7, 2013, replacing term-limited fellow Democrat Brian Schweitzer.

Bullock previously served one term as Montana Attorney General, from 2009 to 2013. In 2012, he opted to run for governor rather than seek re-election as the state's top law enforcement official. Bullock was succeeded by Republican Tim Fox, who won election on November 6, 2012.

Bullock is a member of the executive committee of the National Governors Association. He, along with eight other governors, will determine the association's priorities and actions for the year. He was named to this leadership role in August, 2013.[3]

Before entering the political spotlight, Bullock worked as an attorney. He lent his legal skills to jobs in both the private sector and the state government. He was able to blend his interests in public service and law when, in 1996, the Montana Secretary of State hired him as the office's Chief Legal Counsel. From there, he transferred to to the attorney general's office and rose in the ranks to become acting Chief Deputy Attorney General, in which capacity he was also charged with coordinating the legislative efforts of the attorney general's office. In 2001, he left the justice department, and Montana, for a three year stint in Washington D.C., where he practiced law and worked as an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law.

Bullock's first term expires January 2, 2017. The next time his seat will be up for election is November 2016, and Bullock is eligible to run for a second term if he so chooses.


Bullock was born in Missoula, Montana. He attended Clarement McKenna College for his bachelor's degree and later graduated from Columbia University School of Law.

He began his career within the legal profession in 1996 serving as Chief Legal Counsel to the Montana Secretary of State advising the office in all legal matters. A year later, he joined the state's Justice Department, first as an Executive Assistant to the Attorney General then as acting Chief Deputy Attorney General, a role he maintained until 2001. It was also during this time that Bullock worked as Legislative Director, helping to coordinate the legislative efforts of the Attorney General's office.

Bullock returned to the private sector in 2001 as an attorney for the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Steptoe & Johnson while simultaneously operating as an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law. Three years later, he moved back to Montana representing individuals, consumer organizations, labor unions, peace officers, associations of political subdivisions, and private businesses as an attorney.

Apart from his political duties, Bullock serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Healthy Mothers-Healthy Babies, the, Public Policy Council, Gates of the Mountains Foundation and Lewis and Clark County Historic Preservation Commission.


  • Bachelor's degree, Claremont McKenna College
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Columbia University School of Law

Political career

Governor of Montana (2013-present)

Bullock was sworn in as Montana's 24th governor on January 7, 2013.

Attorney General (2009-2013)

On January 5, 2009, Steve Bullock was sworn into office as the state of Montana's twentieth Attorney General. As the state's chief lawyer and law enforcement officer, he led the Montana Department of Justice whose divisions include the Forensic Science Laboratory, the Montana Highway Patrol, the Division of Motor Vehicles, the Office of Gambling Control, the Office of Legal Services, and the Division of Criminal Investigation, in addition to the department's information technology staff.

Initiatives that Steve Bullock proposed as Attorney General include:

  • Strong enforcement and prosecution under Montana's sexual predator laws and ensuring that offenders comply with the legal requirements of Montana's Sexual or Violent Offender Registry.
  • Creating a position for a special prosecutor within the Attorney General's office to focus exclusively on crimes against children.
  • Developing a Children's Justice Center within the Montana Department of Justice which specalizes efforts to enforce laws relating to sexual violence against children, and to improve the services to child victims; an
  • Providing support and resources to local law enforcement and Montana's county attorneys.
  • Public access to Montana's streams and public lands

Healthcare lawsuit

In March 2010, Bullock decided not to join 26 other state attorneys general and the National Federation of Independent Business in filing suit against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately upheld the law in a 5-4 ruling issued on June 28, 2012.[4]

On The Issues Vote Match

Steve Bullock's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Bullock is a Moderate Populist Conservative. Bullock received a score of 36 percent on social issues and 47 percent on economic issues.[5]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[6]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Unknown
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Unknown
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Unknown Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[5]



See also: Montana gubernatorial election, 2012

Bullock won election as Governor of Montana in 2012. He and his running mate, Brigadier General (Ret.) John E. Walsh, defeated Heather Margolis and Steve Nelsen in the June 5th primary election.[7]

Bullock defeated Rick Hill/Jon Sonju (R) and Ron Vandevender/Marc Mulcahy (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Ron Vandevender took in over 9,000 more votes than the number that separated Bullock and Hill.[8]

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.

Bullock for Governor campaign ad

Issue positions

  • Abortion

Bullock set himself apart from his opponent Hill on the issue of abortion, stating, "the difference couldn’t be clearer between us. As governor, I will defend a women’s right to choice. I think these are complicated and difficult decisions, but they shouldn’t be made by the government. They should be made by women and their doctors.”[9]

  • Economy

Bullock said in order to create a stronger state economy, he would work to help small businesses create jobs and promote rural growth “through responsible development of our vast energy resources and attract new businesses, like high tech companies, to invest here.”[10]

  • XL Pipeline

Bullock expressed his support for the Keystone XL pipleline, stating, "With tight regulation and appropriate, long-term oversight, the Keystone XL pipeline project has the ability to create thousands of jobs, in Montana, advance domestic security and be a shot in the arm to our economy."[11]


Bullock defeated Republican Tim Fox to become Montana Attorney General in 2008.

Montana Attorney General - General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock 52.6% 245,669
     Republican Tim Fox 47.4% 220,992
Total Votes 466,661
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State

Bullock defeated Mike Wheat and John Parker for the Democratic nomination.

Montana Attorney General - Democratic Primary, 2008
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock 42% 63,276
Mike Wheat 36.5% 54,859
John Parker 21.5% 32,362
Total Votes 150,497
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bullock is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Bullock raised a total of $2,403,266 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[12]

Steve Bullock's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Montana* Won $1,863,832
2010 Attorney General of Montana Not up for election $51,290
2008 Attorney General of Montana Won $443,723
2000 Attorney General of Montana Defeated $44,421
Grand Total Raised $2,403,266
*This was a joint-ticket with Lieutenant Governor John E. Walsh.


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


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 Steve Bullock's donors each year.[13] Click [show] for more information.


Bullock and his wife Lisa have three children - Caroline, Alexandria, and Cameron.[14]

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Contact Information


Capitol Address:
Attorney General Steve Bullock
Department of Justice
P.O. Box 201401
Helena, MT 59620-1401

Phone: (406) 444-2026
Fax: (406) 444-3549

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. The Billings-Gazette, "Bullock sworn in as 24th governor of Montana," January 7, 2013
  2. Montana Secretary of State, "Unofficial results: June 5, 2012
  3. National Governors Association, NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership, August 4, 2013
  4. Montana Policy Institute, Montana Pig Book, p. 35
  5. 5.0 5.1 On The Issues, "Steve Bullock Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  6. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  7. Montana Secretary of State, "Unofficial results: June 5, 2012
  8. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
  9. Missoulian, "Montana governor candidates criticize each other in wake of politician's rape comments," August 20, 2012
  10. Independent Record, "Dem gov hopefuls stress education, volunteerism," April 2, 2012
  11. Billings Gazette, "Democratic governor candidates back pipeline," January 10, 2012
  12. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Steve Bullock," accessed July 17, 2013
  13. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
  14. Montana Department of Justice, "Attorney General Steve Bullock," accessed August 25, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Schweitzer (D)
Governor of Montana
January 7, 2013 - Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mike McGrath
Montana Attorney General
Succeeded by
Tim Fox (R)