Tim Fox (politician)

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Tim Fox
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24th Attorney General of Montana
Assumed office
January 7, 2013
GovernorSteve Bullock
Preceded bySteve Bullock
Personal details
Timothy Charles Fox

(1957-08-22) August 22, 1957 (age 63)
Hardin, Montana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Karen Fox
EducationUniversity of Montana,
(BS, JD)
WebsiteGovernment website

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 was a candidate for Governor of Montana in the 2020 election.

Early life and education[edit]

Fox was born on August 22, 1957.[1] A native of Hardin, Montana, he is one of five sons of Rich and Roberta Fox.[2][3] 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.[4]

Political career[edit]

Montana Attorney General (2013–present)[edit]

A Republican, Fox was elected Montana Attorney General in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016.[4] During Fox's tenure, the Montana Department of Justice created a statewide testing and tracking system for untested rape kits.[5] Along with other Republican attorneys general, Fox filed suit against the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan[6] and against the Environmental Protection Agency over the Waters of the United States Rule.[7] 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.[8]

2020 Montana gubernatorial campaign[edit]

Fox was a candidate for Governor of Montana in the 2020 election. He lost the Republican primary to Greg Gianforte.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Fox and his wife, Karen, have four children and six grandchildren.[2] He is a cancer survivor.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results can be found on the website of the Montana Secretary of State.[9]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Montana Attorney General Republican Primary, 2008Republican win Tim FoxRepublican43,66256.6
Lee Bruner Republican33,42443.4
Montana Attorney General Election, 2008Democratic hold Steve BullockDemocratic245,66952.6
Tim Fox Republican220,99247.4
Montana Attorney General Republican Primary, 2012Republican win Tim FoxRepublican70,23957.8
Jim Shockley Republican51,34342.2
Montana Attorney General Election, 2012Republican gain from Democratic Tim FoxRepublican252,91653.7
Pam Bucy Democratic218,22846.3
Attorney General Republican Primary, 2016Republican win Tim FoxRepublicanunopposed
Montana Attorney General Election, 2016Republican hold Tim FoxRepublican332,76667.67
Larry Jent Democratic158,97032.33


  1. ^ "Fox, Jent vie for attorney general's seat". Great Falls Tribune. October 14, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Attorney General Tim Fox". Montana Department of Justice. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "Tim Fox (R), Montana Attorney General". National Association of Attorneys General. Archived from the original on 2013-09-24. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Volz, Matt (January 24, 2019). "Montana attorney general announces campaign for governor". Associated Press. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "State website gives updates on untested sex assault kits". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  6. ^ Fraser, Jayme. "Montana joins lawsuit challenging clean-power rules". The Billings Gazette. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  7. ^ King, Jon. "Montana Files Lawsuit Against EPA Over "Waters of the U.S." Rule". Newstalk KGVO. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Official Election Results". Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
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Preceded by
Steve Bullock
Attorney General of Montana