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|Montana State Senator|
2000 – 2008
|Preceded by||Bruce Crippen|
|Succeeded by||Gary Branae|
Corey was born in Seattle, Washington. He was adopted as an infant and lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho until age 2, moved to Great Falls, Montana in 1969. Parents: Tobias “Toby” and Avis Stapleton, brother Todd Stapleton, sisters Kymm (Stapleton) Mutch, and Rachel (Stapleton) Burner, foster sister Traci Reed. Father is a retired architect and colonel in the Army reserve from Lewistown, Montana. Mother was a teacher of home economics, from Livingston, Montana. As a child Corey was a leader of many things good or bad. Small and quick, he was a standout athlete, good musician, and gifted student but also had to overcome childhood addictions and juvenile delinquency. He and his childhood sweetheart and future wife Terry (Getten) Stapleton began dating their junior year of high school. Corey played football, was awarded Outstanding Wrestler, and elected student body president for the Great Falls High Bison.
Corey enlisted into the United States Navy’s nuclear power program through the Deferred Entry Program at the end of his junior year of high school, and went to boot camp in Orlando, Florida, the following year after graduation in 1986. In the summer heat of Orlando, Corey quickly ascended into the top leadership position of his boot camp company, earning Honor Recruit, and gaining the attention of military superiors. Within months he was nominated by the Secretary of the Navy to attend the Naval Academy’s prep school in Newport, Rhode Island. Serving as battalion adjutant and earning Most Inspirational wrestler award there, he earned appointment to the United States Naval Academyin Annapolis, Maryland. The academy years were challenging for Corey, but he wrestled and fought his way through four tough years on the Yard, earning a naval officer’s commission and Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. Corey and Terry were married June 6, 1992 in Great Falls. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and the Aegis cruiser USS Hué City (CG-66), earning numerous awards, qualifications, and commendations before voluntarily resigning his naval commission and returning to Montana in 1997.
Leaving the navy, Corey began his current-day occupation in Billings, Montana, as a financial advisorprimarily working with families and their retirement needs. In 2000 he won a three-way Republican primary and then general election to become the first Generation X-er elected to the Montana State Senate. Within a couple years he was elected Majority Whip and he would serve continuously in leadership positions until term-limited out of office in 2008. He served as senate Minority Leaderin the contentious 2007 legislative session, which ended without a budget compromise between the Democratic-controlled senate and Republican-controlled House. With tensions high and trust low, Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) thanked Sen. Stapleton for his leadership in brokering the final special session truce, thus allowing the 2007 legislature to adjourn. During his tenure in the senate, Corey sponsored several significant pieces of legislation including Otter Creek Coal development (SB409 2003) the attempted creation of a Montana medical school (SB273 2005) the Montana National Guard Relief Act (SB75) and the demand for reorganization and replacement of the Department of Revenue’s failed computer system POINTS (SB271 2003) The conservative lawmaker was a hawk on the Senate Finance and Claims committee as well as the Legislative Audit committee He was a member of the Heritage Foundation’s prestigious Legislative Leaders Council and travelled to Taiwan, Japan, and Turkey representing Montana. In 2006 he was the architect of Republican legislative candidates’ “Handshake with Montana” similar to the 1994 GOP “Contract with America” and put Montana Republicans back into control of the House and split control of the senate. Montana was the only state in America that year where the GOP regained control of a chamber of the legislature. Corey Stapleton is currently running for Governor of Montana in 2012.
Corey and Terry have four children: Addison, Abraham, Blair, and Jackson. Corey enjoys playing soccer, basketball, golf, and running marathons and triathlons. He has served on various community boards including Montana Manufacturing Extension board Rotary, American Legion, and the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind foundation His family attends Faith Chapel church in Billings