Senator John Walsh
Incumbent Montana Senate Candidate-2014
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Incumbent Democratic Senator John Walsh is bidding for a second term in the Treasure State in the 2014 elections. Despite primary opposition and a Republican opponent who is polling 14 points ahead, Walsh is counting on the appeal of his career in uniform, experience as lieutenant governor, and recent role as appointed Senator.
This race is considered one of the most important of the 2014 election cycle, as Republicans mount an aggressive, well-funded campaign to reclaim a Senate seat they have not held in a century.
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ABOUT SENATOR JOHN WALSH
Born and raised in Butte, John Walsh has dedicated his career to public service. The son of a union pipefitter, John graduated high school in 1979 and went on to become the first member of his family to graduate college, attending Carroll College, The University of the State of New York, and the U.S. Army War College. He enlisted in the National Guard as a private, working hard and rising through the ranks to become adjutant general, leading the Montana National Guard.As a battalion commander, John led more than 700 brave men and women overseas to Iraq in the largest deployment of Montana National Guard soldiers and airmen since WWII. As Adjutant General, he continued his life of service, preparing Montana’s service members for deployments and making sure they received the benefits they earned and deserve. During his time as adjutant general, John championed the Yellow Ribbon program, an initiative that provides valuable resources to National Guard members and their families at all stages of their deployment and ensures Guard members get their well-earned services and benefits when they return home. Montana’s successful Yellow Ribbon program became a blueprint for similar efforts nationwide.
After 33 years of distinguished service, John retired from the National Guard and was elected by the people of Montana to the office of Lieutenant Governor, serving with Governor Steve Bullock. As Montana’s 30th Lieutenant Governor, John Walsh fought to balance the budget, enact tax cuts for small businesses, invest in Montana’s schools, and toughen laws against child abuse.
Throughout his career of service, John Walsh has brought his Montana values to each leadership role he has taken on by having the courage to do what’s right for Montana, and defending and protecting Montana’s most vulnerable citizens.
John looks forward to continuing to serve Montanans in the U.S. Senate, bringing Montana’s values and voice to a broken Washington. He believes that taking an oath to serve as an elected official is a responsibility to be taken seriously and will fight tirelessly for what is right for Montana – just as he fought to defend our country during his 33-year career in the National Guard. John met his wife Janet, who has worked in Montana’s public schools for 17 years, while both were enrolled at Carroll College. They have been happily married for 29 years. Together, they have two sons, Michael and Taylor, a daughter-in-law, April, and a granddaughter, Kennedy.