John Engen

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John Engen
50th Mayor of Missoula
Assumed office
January 3, 2006
Preceded by Mike Kadas
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Tracy
Residence Missoula, Montana
Alma mater University of Montana
Profession journalist, business owner

John Engen has been mayor of Missoula, Montana, USA since 2006. Missoula’s 50th mayor, Engen was born in Missoula in 1964, attended Willard Elementary School, Hellgate High School and The University of Montana, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Before serving as mayor, Engen served a term as a city council member, was an award-winning writer and editor for the city’s daily newspaper, owned and operated his own small business and volunteered for a variety of Missoula’s non-profit organizations, concentrating on human services. As an amateur auctioneer and emcee, Engen’s helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help friends and neighbors in the community.[1]

In 2013, Mayor John Engen and the City of Missoula initiated a legal process to use eminent domain to require the city's privately held water utility be sold to the City.[2] In June 2015, after a 10-day trial, the Fourth Judicial District Court found that the City of Missoula had the right to use eminent domain to acquire Mountain Water Co.[3] The decision was appealed to the Montana Supreme Court, which issued an opinion upholding the district court order on August 2, 2016.[4][5]

His wife Tracy owns and operate a travel agency in Missoula. The Engens live in the Rattlesnake Valley along with their rescued Labradoodle, Odie, and a cat called Moose.[6] The family's rescued greyhound, Patches, died in February 2011.[7]

During the 2008 presidential election campaign, Mayor John Engen endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States.[8][9]


  1. ^ Engen for Mayor | About[permanent dead link]
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  6. ^ Facebook: Missoula Mayor John Engen
  7. ^ Hank Interviews His Mayor
  8. ^ Missoulian: Missoula Mayor John Engen makes national news with Obama endorsement
    Posted on March 29
  9. ^ Montana: A June Battleground? - The Fix

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