Montana Governor

Job Description

The Governor of the State of Montana is the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Montana. The governor is elected every four years and is limited to two terms in any 16 year span.   The governor is also the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.  The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Montana State Legislature, to convene the legislature at any time, and to grant pardons and reprieves.  The Governor is also one of 5 offices to hold a seat on the Montana Land Board.


The Montana constitution provides for the election of a lieutenant governor for the same term as the governor.  The two offices are elected on the same ticket; a provision which did not appear in the state's first constitution, ratified in 1889.  In the event of a vacancy in the office of governor due to resignation, disqualification, or death, the lieutenant governor becomes governor for the remainder of the term.  If the governor is unable to perform his duties for any other reason, the lieutenant governor may become acting governor at the discretion of the state legislature.  

Important Dates

Montana is holding an election for governor and lieutenant governor on November 3, 2020.  The primary is scheduled for June 2, 2020. The filing deadline is March 9, 2020.  Governor and Lieutenant Governor run together on the same ticket after the primary election.

Democratic Candidates

Republican Candidates

  • Tim Fox -  Running mate -  Jon Knokey 
  • Greg Gianforte - Running mate -  Kristen Juras 
  • Albert Olszewski - Running mate -  Kenneth Bogner 

Third Party Candidates

  • Robert Barb - Green Party
  • Lyman Bishop - Libertarian Party