Bob Brown (Montana politician)

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Bob Brown
Secretary of State of Montana
In office
January 1, 2001 – January 3, 2005
Governor Judy Martz
Preceded by Mike Cooney
Succeeded by Brad Johnson
Personal details
Born (1947-12-11) December 11, 1947 (age 69)
Missoula, Montana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Montana State University,

University of Montana,

Bob Brown (born December 11, 1947) is an American politician who was the Secretary of State for Montana and the Republican nominee for Governor of Montana in 2004.[1][2]

As a young man, Brown was elected to Montana Legislature. Brown spent four years in the State House (1970–1974) and 23 in the Senate (1974–1996), his final year in the Senate as its president.[3] His political mentors include Jean Turnage, who spent 20 years in the Senate and subsequently 15 as chief justice of the Supreme Court before retiring in 1991.

Brown became Senate education chairman in 1977 and served in that capacity through 1983. He served as chairman of the taxation committee in 1987. He became chairman of the committee on committees, one of the most innocuously named but powerful Senate committees, in 1989. He sat on the judicial committee from 1975 to 1993.

In 2000, Brown ran for secretary of state and won by a 7 percent margin. In 2004, Brown entered the race for governor against Democrat Brian Schweitzer. Although the race was heated, he eventually lost.

He served as a fellow at both the Carol O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West and the Maureen & Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana. He is currently retired and sits on the board of the Montana State Historical Society. In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, he endorsed Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton.[4]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Fred Van Valkenburg
President of the Montana Senate
Succeeded by
Gary Aklestad
Preceded by
Mike Cooney
Secretary of State of Montana
Succeeded by
Brad Johnson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Judy Martz
Republican nominee for Governor of Montana
Succeeded by
Roy Brown