Bob Brown (Montana politician)
|Secretary of State of Montana|
January 1, 2001 – January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Mike Cooney|
|Succeeded by||Brad Johnson|
December 11, 1947 |
Missoula, Montana, U.S.
|Alma mater||Montana State University,
University of Montana,
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. 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.
- "MONTANA GOVERNOR: Bob Brown". CNN. 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-11.
- Brown, Bob (September 20, 2016). "Longtime GOP politician endorses Hillary Clinton". Retrieved September 25, 2016.
- Guide to Bob Brown Oral History Project (University of Montana Archives)
- Bob Brown Oral History Project (ScholarWorks: University of Montana)
Fred Van Valkenburg
|President of the Montana Senate
|Secretary of State of Montana
|Party political offices|
|Republican nominee for Governor of Montana
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