Tim Fox

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Tim Fox
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Attorney General of Montana
Incumbent
In office
January 7, 2013 – present
Term ends
2017
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSteve Bullock (D)
Compensation
Base salary$99,712
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$697,896
Term limitsTwo terms in 16 year period
Education
High schoolHardin High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Montana (1981)
J.D.University of Montana (1987)
Personal
BirthdayAugust 22, 1957
Place of birthHardin, Montana
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
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Tim Fox (b. August 22, 1957, Hardin, Montana) is the Republican Attorney General of Montana. He was elected on November 6, 2012 and sworn in on January 7, 2013.[1]

He previous ran for attorney general in the 2008 general election, finishing a close second behind current Democratic Governor Steve Bullock.

Biography

Fox was the fifth and youngest child born to parents Rich and Roberta Fox in Hardin, Montana in 1957. He was raised in a small agricultural community, and attended local public schools through high school graduation. The scholar athlete went on to receive a B.S. in Geology University of Montana in 1981 and later returned there for law school, graduating with his J.D. in 1987.[2]

He began his law career as a clerk to Associate Justice L.C. Gulbrandson of the Montana Supreme Court, before taking a job in Billings at the firm of Moulton, Bellingham & Longo. Fox spent three years away from private practice (1990-1993) to develop a new environmental regulatory program for the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation, after which he started his own firm as a contract public defender for the City of Billings. During this roughly two year period prior to his relocation Helena in 1995, Fox worked double duty as a criminal lawyer for the City of Billings and continuing his civil law practice.

Once in Helena, where he moved to join the 1995 effort to reelect Governor Marc Racicot, he was hired as a Special Assistant Attorney General for Montana's Department of Environmental Quality. He was eventually made a Division Administrator Manager but left the office in 1999 to take the position of Vice-President and Legal Counsel for Mountain West Bank, where he remained for four years. Afterward, Fox reentered private practice at the law firm of Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman, PLLP.

Aside from Fox's experience as a business, real estate, constitutional, environmental and commercial law attorney, he has done a great deal of work as a public servant and community activist. His past leadership roles include serving on the board of directors of low income and disabled housing projects in Billings, two Montana symphony orchestras (Billings and Helena), a faith-based private K-12 school, the Carroll College Saints Athletic Association, and the Florence Crittenton Home. Also, he was appointed by Governor Marc Racicot to serve on the board of directors of the Montana Historical Society, and by Governor Judy Martz to serve on the Montana State Banking Board.[2]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree in Geology, University of Montana (1981)
  • J.D. University of Montana (1987)

Political career

Attorney General of Montana (2013-present)

Fox defeated Democrat Pam Bucy in the general election on November 6, 2012 to become Montana's 24th attorney general. He succeeded newly elected Governor of Montana Steve Bullock (D) on January 7, 2013.[3]

Elections

2012

See also: Montana attorney general election, 2012

Fox won election as Montana attorney general in 2012. He defeated Congressman Jim Shockley in the June 5th primary election and defeated Democratic primary victor Pam Bucy in the general election on November 6, 2012.

With Fox's win in the general election, he became the first Republican elected to the position in Montana since Marc Racicot - who subsequently ascended to governorship - was elected attorney general back in 1988.[4].

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 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Fox 57.8% 70,239
Jim Shockley 42.2% 51,343
Total Votes 121,582
Election Results Via:Montana Secretary of State.


Issues

  • Environment

After winning the Republican primary, Fox's already strong platform on using the attorney general's office to influence state environmental policy became even more emphatic during his general election campaign against Democratic nominee Pam Bucy. Fox firmly adhered to party lines on state environmental issues, saying that, if elected, he would use his vote the state Land Board to open doors for the development of Montana’s natural resources, such as coal, oil and gas. “We need to have an attorney general who knows how to use the office to promote jobs and the economy here in Montana,” he said.[5] Fox sought to differentiate himself from Bucy on environmental issues by accusing her of affiliating with environmental "extremist"[5] groups, such as Montana Conservation Voters, who endorsed Bucy in the primary, whom he accused of interfering with resource development.

2008

  • Primary
    • Fox secured the Republican nomination with 56.6% of the vote.
Attorney General, 2008
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Fox 56.6% 43,662
Lee Bruner 43.4% 33,424
Total Votes 77,086
  • General
    • In the 2008 general election, Fox fell to Democrat Steve Bullock.
Attorney General, 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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fox is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Fox raised a total of $697,896 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[6]

Tim Fox's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Attorney General Won $364,167
2008 Montana Attorney General Defeated $333,729
Grand Total Raised $697,896

2012

Fox won election to the position of Montana Attorney General in 2012. During that election cycle, Fox raised a total of $364,167.

Disputed campaign contributions

On October 3, 2012, a federal judge ruled that Montana's campaign contribution limits were unconstitutional. Six days later the limits were reinstated by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. In between that time Fox received a $32,000 donation from the state Republican Party as well as $12,000 from individual donors in excess of the limits. Under state law political parties can donate up to $8,150 to candidates for attorney general, while individual donors can give $310.[7]

His opponent in the race, Pam Bucy (D), filed a lawsuit on October 25 seeking to force Fox to return the contributions. While Fox's campaign did call the move "a desperate, last-minute lawsuit," he returned the excess donations.[7]

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Personal

Tim currently resides in Helena with his wife, Karen Wagner. The couple has four children Anna McMahon, Michael McMahon, Laura McMahon, and Caroline Fox, as well as one grandchild, Grace Olivia Emmert.[2]

Contact

Montana

Campaign contact:

Tim Fox for Attorney General
P.O. Box 1598
Helena, MT 59624

Phone: (406) 852-2025

Email: tim@foxforag.com

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Bullock (D)
Attorney General of Montana
2013 - present
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