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Mission Statement

To monitor and to enforce, in a fair and impartial manner, campaign practices and campaign finance disclosure, lobbying disclosure, business interest disclosure of statewide and state district candidates, elected state officials, and state department directors, ethical standards of conduct for legislators, public officers, and state employees, and to investigate legitimate complaints that arise concerning any of the foregoing.

History

Year Changes Commissioner
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
Office of Commissioner of Campaign Finances & Practices: established for full disclosure and reporting of the sources and disposition of funds used to influence elections in Montana John H. Hanson
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
Additional responsibilities added to Office of Commissioner of Political Practices: both lobbying disclosure and disclosure of business interests of elected officials Peg Krivec
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
  Dolores Colburg
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
Code of Ethics enacted: responsibility added for the administration of ethical standards of conduct for legislators, public officers, and state employees Ed Argenbright
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
  Linda Vaughey

2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

   

Gordon Higgins
(through July 2006)

Dennis Unsworth
(from Sept. 2006)

2011 2012
2013
2014
2015
2016

 

Jennifer L. Hensley
(through May 2011)

David B. Gallik
(through Jan. 2012)

James W. "Jim" Murry

(through April 2013)

 

Commissioner of Political Practices:

  • is appointed by the governor, confirmed by the State Senate;
  • has one single six (6) year term and is ineligible to serve again as commissioner; and
  • is precluded from being a candidate for public office for a period of five (5) years after leaving position