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Montana's 2020 election
The Montana Free Press guide

Montana offices up for election in 2020

This list currently omits two open seats on the Montana Supreme Court as well as three Public Service Commission districts and Montana House and Senate races. It also excludes local races such as city commission and school board seats.

Montana races for federal office (U.S. Senate and U.S. House seats) are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission. State office races shown here are regulated by the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.

Governor

Montana’s chief executive, tasked with overseeing state agencies and proposing state budgets to the Montana Legislature, elected to a four-year term. Also one of five seats on the Montana Board of Land Commissioners, which has authority over state trust lands.

U.S. Senate

One of Montana’s two representatives in the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress, elected to a six-year term. Montana’s other senator, Jon Tester, is next up for re-election in 2024.

U.S. House

Montana’s sole representative in the lower chamber of the U.S. Congress, elected to a two-year term.

Attorney General

The state’s chief law enforcement and legal officer, who oversees the state Department of Justice, issues legal opinions interpreting state law, and advocates for the public interest in certain legal proceedings. One of five seats on the state land board, and elected to a four-year term.

Secretary of State

Oversees Montana elections and manages state records, as well as serving on the state land board. Elected to a four-year term.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Heads the Montana Office of Public Instruction and oversees the state’s K-12 school system, much of which is governed directly by locally elected school boards. Also holds a seat on the state land board. Elected to a four-year term.

State Auditor

Runs the office responsible for protecting Montanans from fraud by regulating the insurance and securities industries. Also holds a seat on the state land board. Elected to a four-year term.