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Governor of Montana
Great Seal of Montana.svg
Greg Gianforte 115th congress.jpg
Incumbent
Greg Gianforte

since January 4, 2021
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceMontana Governor's Residence
Term lengthFour years, renewable once (limited to eight years in a sixteen year period)
Constituting instrumentMontana Constitution of 1889
Inaugural holderJoseph K. Toole
FormationNovember 8, 1889
(131 years ago)
 (1889-11-08)
SuccessionEvery four years, unless re-elected.
Salary$108,167 (2013)[1]

The Governor of Montana is the head of the executive branch of Montana's state government[2] and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.[3]

The governor has a duty to enforce state laws,[2] the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Montana State Legislature,[4] to convene the legislature at any time,[5] and to grant pardons and reprieves.[6]

Governors of Montana

Parties

Dem Democratic (15) Rep Republican (10)

Governors of Montana
# Image Governor Party Took office Left office Lt. Governor and Term Notes
1 JosephKToole.JPG Toole, JosephJoseph Toole Dem November 8, 1889 January 1, 1893 [7]
2 John E Rickards.jpg Rickards, John E.John E. Rickards Rep January 2, 1893 January 3, 1897
  • Alexander C. Botkin (Rep) – 2
3 Robert Burns Smith (Montana Governor).jpg Smith, Robert BurnsRobert Burns Smith Dem January 4, 1897 January 7, 1901
  • A. E. Spriggs (Dem) – 3
4 JosephKToole.JPG Toole, JosephJoseph Toole Dem January 7, 1901 April 1, 1908 Resigned due to declining health.
5 Edwin L. Norris (Montana Governor).jpg Norris, Edwin L.Edwin L. Norris Dem April 1, 1908 January 5, 1913 As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term, and was later elected in his own right.
6 Sam V. Stewart.jpg Stewart, Sam V.Sam V. Stewart Dem January 6, 1913 January 2, 1921
7 Joseph M. Dixon.jpg Dixon, Joseph M.Joseph M. Dixon Rep January 3, 1921 January 4, 1925
  • Nelson Story, Jr. (Rep) - 9
[8]
8 John Erickson.jpg Erickson, John E.John E. Erickson Dem January 4, 1925 March 13, 1933 Resigned so that his successor would appoint him to the United States Senate.
9 Frank Henry Cooney.jpg Cooney, Frank HenryFrank Henry Cooney Dem March 13, 1933 December 15, 1935
  • Tom Kane (Rep) - 12
  • Ernest T. Eaton (Rep) - 12
  • Elmer Holt (Dem) - 12
As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term. Died in office while governor.
10 No image.svg Holt, ElmerElmer Holt Dem December 15, 1935 January 4, 1937
  • William P. Pilgeram (Dem) - 12
As president of the state senate, filled unexpired term.
11 Roy E. Ayers.jpg Ayers, Roy E.Roy E. Ayers Dem January 4, 1937 January 6, 1941
  • Hugh R. Adair (Dem) - 13
12 No image.svg Ford, Sam C.Sam C. Ford Rep January 6, 1941 January 3, 1949
  • Ernest T. Eaton (Rep) - 14, 15
13 No image.svg Bonner, John W.John W. Bonner Dem January 3, 1949 January 5, 1953
  • Paul Cannon (Dem) - 16
14 No image.svg Aronson, J. HugoJ. Hugo Aronson Rep January 5, 1953 January 2, 1961
  • George M. Gosman (Rep) - 17
  • Paul Cannon (Dem) - 18
[9]
15 No image.svg Nutter, Donald GrantDonald Grant Nutter Rep January 2, 1961 January 25, 1962 Died in office.
16 No image.svg Babcock, Tim M.Tim M. Babcock Rep January 25, 1962 January 6, 1969
  • David F. James (Dem) - 19
  • Ted James (Rep) - 20
As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term, and was later elected in his own right.
17 No image.svg Anderson, Forrest H.Forrest H. Anderson Dem January 6, 1969 January 1, 1973
18 No image.svg Judge, Thomas LeeThomas Lee Judge Dem January 1, 1973 January 5, 1981
19 No image.svg Schwinden, TedTed Schwinden Dem January 5, 1981 January 2, 1989
20 No image.svg Stephens, StanStan Stephens Rep January 2, 1989 January 4, 1993
21 Marc Racicot 2008 (cropped).JPG Racicot, MarcMarc Racicot Rep January 4, 1993 January 1, 2001 [10][11]
22 Judy Martz 2003 (cropped).jpg Martz, JudyJudy Martz Rep January 1, 2001 January 3, 2005 [12]
23 Brian Schweitzer official photo.jpg Schweitzer, BrianBrian Schweitzer Dem January 3, 2005 January 7, 2013
24 Steve Bullock by Gage Skidmore.jpg Bullock, SteveSteve Bullock Dem January 7, 2013 January 4, 2021
25 Greg Gianforte 115th congress.jpg Gianforte, GregGreg Gianforte Rep January 4, 2021 Incumbent

References

  1. "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/content/csg-releases-2013-governor-salaries. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Montana Constitution, Article VI, Section 4.
  3. Montana Constitution, Article VI, Section 7.
  4. Montana Constitution, Article VI, Section 10.
  5. Montana Constitution, Article VI, Section 11.
  6. Montana Constitution, Article VI, Section 12.
  7. Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Joseph K. Toole". Great Falls Tribune. http://www.greatfallstribune.com/multimedia/125newsmakers2/toole.html. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  8. Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Joseph M. Dixon". Great Falls Tribune. http://www.greatfallstribune.com/multimedia/125newsmakers1/dixon.html. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  9. Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: J. Hugo Aronson". Great Falls Tribune. http://www.greatfallstribune.com/multimedia/125newsmakers3/aronson.html. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  10. Lewis, Charles (December 20, 2001). The GOP's New Lobbyist in Chief. https://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A3911-2001Dec19. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  11. Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Marc Racicot". Great Falls Tribune. http://www.greatfallstribune.com/multimedia/125newsmakers3/racicot.html. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  12. Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Judy Martz". Great Falls Tribune. http://www.greatfallstribune.com/multimedia/125newsmakers5/martz.html. Retrieved August 28, 2011.