Jan 7, 2013 1:16 PM by MTN News - Helena
Steve Bullock was sworn in as the governor of Montana on Monday morning.
The ceremony on the Capitol steps took place shortly after 10 a.m.
Bullock, a Democrat, defeated candidates Rick Hill (R) and Ron Vandevender (L) in the November 2012 election to succeed Brian Schweitzer in the governor's mansion.
Bullock, 46, is married with three children, and was born in Missoula and raised in Helena, graduating from Helena High School in 1984. He went on to graduate from Claremont McKenna College and receive a law degree from Columbia University in New York.
Bullock began his career in public service in 1996 as chief legal counsel to the Montana Secretary of State before moving to the Montana Department of Justice, and was elected as Montana Attorney General in 2009.
Bullock's lieutenant governor is John Walsh.
In recent weeks, Bullock has named several senior leadership choices, including the following:
- Ron de Yong as Director of the Department of Agriculture
- Jason Smith as Director of Indian Affairs
- Major General Matthew Quinn as Director of Military Affairs and Adjutant General
- Jeff Hagener as Director of MT Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks
- John Rogers as chief of Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Sheila Hogan as Director of the Department of Administration
- Richard Opper as the Director of the Department of Health & Human Services
- Angela Wong as the Director of the Montana Lottery
- Mike Tooley as Director of the Department of Transportation
- John Tubbs as Director of the Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
- Tracy Stone-Manning as Director of the Department of Environmental Quality
- Mike Batista as Director of the Department of Corrections
- Pam Bucy as Director of the Department of Labor
- Meg O'Leary as Director of the Department of Commerce
- Tim Burton as Chief of Staff
- Mike Kadas as Director of the Department of Revenue
- Dan Villa as Budget Director
- Ali Bovingdon and Kevin O'Brien as Deputy Chiefs of Staff