HELENA — Steve Bullock is part of one of the most highly watching battles of 2020. To better understand his current run for the Senate seat, let’s take a step back and look at the life of Steve Bullock, where he’s been and how he got here.
Bullock was born in Missoula in on April 11th of 1966. His family later moved to Helena, where he attended Helena High School.
Bullock had his first taste of politics as student body president, and graduated in 1984.
After graduating high school, he attended Claremont McKenna College in California and graduated with a bachelors. He furthered his education by graduating with a law degree from Columbia University in 1994.
During law school, Bullock, again dipped his toes into the political world when he became a 26-year-old delegate for the former President Bill Clinton in 1992.
In 1996 he became Chief Legal Counsel for the Secretary of State at the time, Mike Cooney.
Bullock ran an unsuccessful campaign for Attorney General in 2000, losing to Mike McGrath.
From 2001 to 2004 Bullock practiced law in Washington D.C., where he also taught classes at George Washington University Law School.
He also represented labor unions, and led a successful 2006 ballot-measure campaign that increased Montana’s state minimum wage.
In 2008 Bullock again, ran for Attorney General, this time beating Tim Fox.
Bullock served as Attorney General for 4 years, before announcing his candidacy for Governor in 2012.
Bullock has served two terms as Governor of Montana, and after a short-lived presidential campaign, he is now in the running for the U.S. Senate seat.
In the 2020 race for the Senate seat, the two candidates, Daines and Bullock, have raised $70 million so far -- $43 million for Bullock and $27 million for Daines. That shatters the old record, which was about $26 million for two candidates.