List of lieutenant governors of Montana

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Current lieutenant governor Mike Cooney (D)

Lieutenant Governor of Montana is an official in the state of Montana that ranks just below the Governor of Montana.

List of Lieutenant Governors[edit]


  Democratic (17)   Republican (17)   Populist (1)

# Image Lt. Governor Term in Office Party Governor(s)
1 John E Rickards.jpg John E. Rickards 1889–1893 Republican Joseph Toole (D)
2 Alexander Campbell Botkin.jpg Alexander Campbell Botkin 1893–1897 Republican John E. Rickards (R)
3 Archibald E. Spriggs (Montana Lieutenant Governor).jpg Archibald E. Spriggs 1897–1901 Populist Robert Burns Smith (D)
4 Frank G. Higgins.png Frank G. Higgins 1901–1905 Democratic Joseph Toole (D)
5 Edwin L. Norris (Montana Governor).jpg Edwin L. Norris 1905–1908 Democratic Joseph Toole (D)
Benjamin Franklin White (Montana Territory Governor).jpg Benjamin F. White 1908–1909 Republican Edwin L. Norris (D)
6 No image.svg William R. Allen 1909–1913 Republican Edwin L. Norris (D)
7 No image.svg W.W. McDowell 1913–1921 Democratic Sam V. Stewart (D)
8 No image.svg Nelson Story, Jr. 1921–1925 Republican Joseph M. Dixon (R)
9 No image.svg W.S. McCormack 1925–1929 Republican John E. Erickson (D)
10 No image.svg Frank A. Hazelbaker 1929–1933 Republican John E. Erickson (D)
11 Frank Henry Cooney.jpg Frank Henry Cooney 1933 Democratic John E. Erickson (D)
12 No image.svg Tom Kane 1933–1934 Republican Frank H. Cooney (D)
13 No image.svg Ernest T. Eaton 1934–1935 Republican Frank H. Cooney (D)
14 No image.svg Elmer Holt 1935 Democratic Frank H. Cooney (D)
15 No image.svg William P. Pilgeram 1935–1937 Democratic[1] Elmer Holt (D)
16 No image.svg Hugh R. Adair 1937–1941 Democratic Roy E. Ayers (D)
17 No image.svg Ernest T. Eaton 1941–1949 Republican Sam C. Ford (R)
18 No image.svg Paul Cannon 1949–1953 Democratic John W. Bonner (D)
19 No image.svg George M. Gosman 1953–1957 Republican J. Hugo Aronson (R)
20 No image.svg Paul Cannon 1957–1961 Democratic J. Hugo Aronson (R)
21 No image.svg Tim M. Babcock 1961–1962 Republican Donald G. Nutter (R)
22 No image.svg David F. James 1962–1965 Democratic Tim Babcock (R)
23 No image.svg Ted James 1965–1969 Republican Tim Babcock (R)
24 No image.svg Thomas Lee Judge 1969–1973 Democratic Forrest H. Anderson (D)
25 No image.svg Bill Christiansen 1973–1977 Democratic Thomas L. Judge (D)
26 No image.svg Ted Schwinden 1977–1981 Democratic Thomas L. Judge (D)
27 No image.svg George Turman 1981–1988 Democratic Ted Schwinden (D)
28 No image.svg Gordon McOmber 1988–1989 Democratic Ted Schwinden (D)
29 Allen Kolstad.jpg Allen Kolstad 1989–1991 Republican Stan Stephens (R)
30 Denny Rehberg, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg Denny Rehberg 1991–1997 Republican Stan Stephens (R)
Marc Racicot (R)
31 Judy Martz 2003 (cropped).jpg Judy Martz 1997–2001 Republican Marc Racicot (R)
32 No image.svg Karl Ohs 2001–2005 Republican Judy Martz (R)
33 John Bohlinger.jpg John Bohlinger 2005–2013 Republican Brian Schweitzer (D)
34 John Walsh, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg John Walsh 2013–2014 Democratic Steve Bullock (D)
35 Angela McLean.jpg Angela McLean 2014–2016 Democratic Steve Bullock (D)
36 Mike Cooney cropped.jpg Mike Cooney 2016– Democratic Steve Bullock (D)


Living former U.S. Lieutenant Governors of Montana[edit]

As of September 2018, there are five former U.S. lieutenant governors of Montana who are currently living at this time, the oldest U.S. lieutenant governor of Montana being Ted Schwinden (served 1977–1981, born 1925). The most recent death of a former U.S. lieutenant governor of Montana was that of Gordon McOmber (served 1988–1989, born 1919), on August 24, 2018. The most recently serving lieutenant governor to die was Karl Ohs (2001–2005) on November 25, 2007.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Ted Schwinden 1977–1981 (1925-08-31) August 31, 1925 (age 93)
Denny Rehberg 1991–1997 (1955-10-05) October 5, 1955 (age 63)
John Bohlinger 2005–2013 (1936-04-21) April 21, 1936 (age 82)
John Walsh 2013–2014 (1960-11-03) November 3, 1960 (age 57)
Angela McLean 2014–2016 (1970-08-19) August 19, 1970 (age 48)


  1. ^ Lawrence Kestenbaum. "Index to Politicians: Pikey to Pinckard". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  2. ^ "Montana Legislature - Leadership 1889-Present". Retrieved 2015-11-23.