Thomas Lee Judge
|Thomas Lee Judge|
|18th Governor of Montana|
January 1, 1973 – January 5, 1981
|Lieutenant||Bill Christiansen (1973-1977)
Ted Schwinden (1977-1981)
|Preceded by||Forrest H. Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Ted Schwinden|
October 12, 1934|
|Died||September 8, 2006
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. He was married twice; to Carol Anderson in 1966, and to Susan Kock in 1981. He had two sons, Thomas and Patrick.
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. In 1960, he became president and owner of a public relations firm.
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.
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.
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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Thomas Lee Judge.|
- The Political Graveyard
- National Governors Association
- Soylent Communications
- Find A Grave
- Montana Historical Society
Forrest H. Anderson
|Governor of Montana