Tim Fox (politician)

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Tim Fox
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24th Attorney General of Montana[2]
Assumed office
January 7, 2013[1]
Governor Steve Bullock[3]
Preceded by Steve Bullock[3]
Personal details
Timothy Charles Fox

(1957-08-22) August 22, 1957 (age 62)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karen Fox
Children 4
Education University of Montana,
(BS, JD)

Timothy Charles Fox (born August 22, 1957) is an American lawyer and Republican politician. He is the current Attorney General of Montana, having been elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. Fox is a candidate for Governor of Montana in the 2020 election.

Early life and education

Fox was born on August 22, 1957.[4] A native of Hardin, Montana, he is one of five sons of Rich and Roberta Fox.[2][5] Fox graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in geology and law, respectively. He has also earned a master's degree in public administration.[6]

Political career

Montana Attorney General (2013-present)

A Republican, Fox was elected Montana Attorney General in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016.[6] During Fox's tenure, the Montana Department of Justice created a statewide testing and tracking system for untested rape kits.[7] Along with other Republican attorneys general, Fox filed suit against the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan[8] and against the Environmental Protection Agency over the Waters of the United States Rule.[9] Fox has represented the inland states' interests in a lawsuit against the state of Washington over its refusal to permit a coal export terminal that would provide access to Asian markets.[10]

Campaign for Governor of Montana, 2020

Fox is a candidate for Governor of Montana in the 2020 election.[6]

Personal life

Fox and his wife, Karen, have four children and six grandchildren.[2] He is a cancer survivor.[6]

Electoral history

Election results can be found on the website of the Montana Secretary of State.[11]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Montana Attorney General Republican Primary, 2008 Republican win Tim Fox Republican 43,662 56.6
Lee Bruner Republican 33,424 43.4
Montana Attorney General Election, 2008 Democratic hold Steve Bullock Democratic 245,669 52.6
Tim Fox Republican 220,992 47.4
Montana Attorney General Republican Primary, 2012 Republican win Tim Fox Republican 70,239 57.8
Jim Shockley Republican 51,343 42.2
Montana Attorney General Election, 2012 Republican gain from Democratic Tim Fox Republican 252,916 53.7
Pam Bucy Democratic 218,228 46.3
Attorney General Republican Primary, 2016 Republican win Tim Fox Republican unopposed
Montana Attorney General Election, 2016 Republican hold Tim Fox Republican 332,766 67.67
Larry Jent Democratic 158,970 32.33


  1. ^ Johnson, Charles (2013-01-07). "Bullock sworn in as 24th governor of Montana". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  2. ^ a b c "Attorney General Tim Fox". Montana Department of Justice. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "When an Attorney General Goes His Own Way". Montana Pioneer. 2015-03-01. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  4. ^ "Fox, Jent vie for attorney general's seat". Great Falls Tribune. October 14, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "Tim Fox (R), Montana Attorney General". National Association of Attorneys General. Archived from the original on 2013-09-24. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d Volz, Matt (January 24, 2019). "Montana attorney general announces campaign for governor". Associated Press. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "State website gives updates on untested sex assault kits". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  8. ^ Fraser, Jayme. "Montana joins lawsuit challenging clean-power rules". The Billings Gazette. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  9. ^ King, Jon. "Montana Files Lawsuit Against EPA Over "Waters of the U.S." Rule". Newstalk KGVO. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  10. ^ Fox, Tim (2018-06-21). "Opinion | Washington State Should Stop Blocking Planned Coal Export Terminal". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  11. ^ "Official Election Results". Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
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Preceded by
Steve Bullock
Attorney General of Montana
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