Robert Kelleher

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For the American judge, see Robert J. Kelleher.

Robert "Bob" Kelleher (March 30, 1923 – May 29, 2011), of Butte, Montana, was an attorney, and was the 2008 Republican Party candidate for the United States Senate. A colorful figure and perennial candidate, he served in elective office during the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention. He ran for numerous political offices on various party tickets, including those of the Democratic Party and the Green Party.

Kelleher espoused a mix of liberal and conservative political views. He was best known for advocating that the United States adopt a Parliamentary system of government. He was a strong pro-life advocate, and also favored single-payer health care. Starting in 1964, Kelleher ran for public office a total of 16 times, including a bid for the Presidency in 1976,[1] where he made the ballot in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Georgia.[2] He previously was a major party nominee, on the Democratic party ticket, for the U.S. House of Representatives in the former Montana District 2 ("Eastern District") in 1968.[1]

In June, 2008, he won a surprise victory in a five-way primary election on the Republican ticket to be chosen as the nominee to face incumbent U.S. Senator Max Baucus. It was his second run against Baucus, whom he also challenged in the 2002 Senate race on the Green party ticket (2.3%). He also ran for the U.S. Senate in 1988.[1] Despite being snubbed by his party and receiving no funding,[3] he got 27% of the vote against Baucus, comparable to his predecessor, Mike Taylor, in 2002.

Kelleher died May 29, 2011, in Billings, Montana.[3]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
N/A: First nominee
Green Party nominee for United States Senator from Montana
(Class 2)

2002
Succeeded by
N/A: Robert Kelleher
Preceded by
Mike Taylor
Republican nominee for United States Senator from Montana
(Class 2)

2008
Succeeded by
Steve Daines