Thomas Lee Judge

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Thomas Lee Judge
18th Governor of Montana
In office
January 1, 1973 – January 5, 1981
Lieutenant Bill Christiansen (1973-1977)
Ted Schwinden (1977-1981)
Preceded by Forrest H. Anderson
Succeeded by Ted Schwinden
Personal details
Born (1934-10-12)October 12, 1934
Helena, Montana
Died September 8, 2006(2006-09-08) (aged 71)
Chandler, Arizona.
Political party Democratic
Religion Roman Catholic

Thomas Lee Judge (October 12, 1934 – September 8, 2006) was an American politician, and was the 18th Governor of Montana from 1973 to 1981.

Biography[edit]

Judge was born in Helena, Montana. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Notre Dame and did his graduate study at the University of Louisville. He graduated from the United States Army Adjutant General School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.[1] He was married twice; to Carol Anderson in 1966, and to Susan Kock in 1981.[1] He had two sons, Thomas and Patrick.[2]

Career[edit]

Judge was a Second Lieutenant in the US Army and a captain in the US Army Adjutant General Corps and in the US Army Reserves from 1958 to 1964.[2] In 1960, he became president and owner of a public relations firm.

Judge served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1961 to 1967 and in the Montana Senate from 1967 to 1969, and as 22nd Lieutenant Governor of Montana from 1969 to 1973.

In 1972, when incumbent Governor of Montana Forrest H. Anderson declined to run for a second term, Judge ran to succeed him. He defeated several opponents in the Democratic primary, and advanced to the general election, where he comfortably defeated Republican nominee Ed Smith, a rancher. When Judge ran for re-election in 1976, he was opposed by State Attorney General Bob Woodahl, whom he defeated in a landslide. He ran for re-election for a third consecutive term in 1980, but was defeated in the Democratic primary by his Lieutenant Governor, Ted Schwinden, who went on to win the general election. During his tenure as Governor, he served on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association and was chair of the Western Governors Conference.[1]

When Schwinden declined to seek re-election to a third term in 1988, Judge ran to succeed him, and won a competitive and crowded Democratic primary. In the general election, Stan Stephens, the former President of the Montana Senate and the Republican nominee, defeated Judge by a slim margin.

Death[edit]

Judge died in Chandler, Arizona on September 8, 2006 from respiratory failure, pulmonary fibrosis, at the age of 71. He is interred at Resurrection Cemetery in Helena, Lewis & Clark County, Montana USA.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Thomas Lee Judge". National Governors Association. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Thomas Lee Judge". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Lee Judge". Find A Grave. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Forrest H. Anderson
Governor of Montana
1973–1981
Succeeded by
Ted Schwinden