FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
Tim comes from humble beginnings. Born in 1957 to parents Rich and Roberta Fox of Hardin, Montana, Tim was the fifth of five children and attended Hardin public schools as he was growing up.
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Like many Montanans, he was taught a strong work ethic early in life. At the young age of twelve he took his first job as a paperboy for the Hardin Tribune Herald, the local weekly publication. After graduating from Hardin High School, he attended the University of Montana where he received his degree in geology in 1981 and his law degree in 1987. Tim ran track and field, specifically hurdling, in both high school and college. He set a high hurdle record while in high school and was a three-time Big Sky Conference hurdle champion when he attended the University of Montana.
Tim also earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Montana in 2018. Tim’s extraordinary work ethic and dedication to public service is apparent in his many accomplishments throughout his 32-year legal career and during his time as Montana’s Attorney General.
After law school Tim went on to serve as a law clerk to Associate Justice L.C. Gulbrandson of the Montana Supreme Court, after which he began practicing law with the firm of Moulton, Bellingham & Longo in Billings, Montana in 1988.
A CALL TO SERVE.
Tim’s first foray into public service began in 1990 when he helped the Montana Board of Oil & Gas Conservation develop a new environmental regulatory program. Three years later he opened his own firm in Billings where he maintained a civil law practice and worked as a contract public defender for the City of Billings.
In 1996, Tim was appointed to the position of Special Assistant Attorney General with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) under the administration of Governor Marc Racicot. Tim jumped at the opportunity to serve the people of Montana, and it wasn’t long after he took the position that he was promoted to a Division Administrator within the DEQ. In this role, he was charged with managing programs, budgets, and staff for the people of Montana.
In 1999 Mountain West Bank hired Tim to serve as Vice-President and Legal Counsel. After working with Mountain West for over four years, Tim joined the law firm of Gough, Shanahan, Johnson and Waterman, PLLP.
On the Issues
Securing our Borders
As Attorney General, I have seen firsthand the negative effects of illegal immigration, the increase in drug related crime in our state, and human trafficking organizations that have made their mark on Montana.
Protecting the Unborn
Fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves is not only what we should expect from our elected leaders, it’s something we should demand from them. The health and safety of all Montanans must be a top priority, and that can’t simply stop with those who have a voice to speak up. I will always fight for the lives of our most vulnerable, and the unborn are no exception.
Defending the Second Amendment
I take pride in being a national leader in defending our Second Amendment rights. As Governor, I’ll do the same. You can count on it. Preventing government intrusion from spreading to Montana will always be a top priority for my administration—and that starts with defending our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Growing our Economy
Through collaborative, market-oriented policies, we can promote high-wage jobs that put food on the table for Montana families, all while protecting our state’s natural beauty for generations to come. I’m excited to begin working with all Montanans to make it easier for the next generation to stay and make a living in our great state.
More About Tim
Tim has proven to be a national leader during his time as Montana’s attorney general. He was elected to the executive committee of the National Association of Attorneys General in his first year in office, and has served on the executive committee every year since then. Tim is currently President of the 112-year old national association.
Tim has proven to be a national leader during his time as Montana’s attorney general. He was elected to the executive committee of the National Association of Attorneys General in his first year in office, and has served on the executive committee every year since then. Tim is currently President-elect of the 112-year old national association.
Tim is passionate about serving others, particularly the disabled and the disadvantaged, in both his personal and professional life. He has coached track and field in his free time at Carroll College in Helena, served as a volunteer helping military personnel for the Department of Defense program Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, served on the board of directors of multiple faith-based charities and schools, volunteered as a nationally-certified college track and field official, served on the board of two Montana symphony orchestras, served on the Fort Harrison Military Affairs Committee, and has volunteered time and services to youth organizations like Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Throughout his legal career, Tim has dedicated countless hours to defending the constitutional rights of organizations that cannot afford legal representation. He also volunteers his time to improve Montana’s educational institutions, support college athletic programs, and help numerous faith-based organizations. Tim also served as a member of the Montana Historical Society and Montana State Banking Board.
Tim is especially active in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. He worked with the National Association of Attorneys General and the International Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics to establish a permanent state attorney general position on the International LETR Council where he currently serves as the first attorney general on that Council.
With a wide variety of experience in the legal field—from business and commercial law to environmental and constitutional law—Tim understands the challenges businesses and individuals face in Montana when dealing with bureaucracy, and government red tape.
Since he was first elected to serve as Montana’s Attorney General in 2012, Tim Fox has focused on stopping federal overreach, decreasing the burden placed on Montana businesses, and promoting public safety.
Tim and his wife Karen reside in Helena, Montana. They have four children and six grandchildren.
Tim’s brothers are Dr. Richard A. Fox, Jr. a retired University of South Dakota professor, Mike Fox, a retired National Park Service employee, Steve Fox, a retired Montana public high school teacher, and Dennis Fox who manages the family business in the Hardin area.