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Bob Brown (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 12/11/1947 (Missoula, MT)
Race: White
Religion: Baptist
Residence: Whitefish, MT
Education: BA in Political Science, History from Montana State University, Bozeman, MT; MA in Education from University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Occupation: Former teacher, 1974-91
Office Type: Montana Governor 

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Bob Brown was born in Missoula, Mont., but grew up on his family's grain and cattle ranch outside another western Montana city, Whitefish. He obtained a bachelor's degree in history from the Montana State University in 1970 and a master's degree in education from the University of Montana in 1988.

He spent two years in the Navy, from 1971 to 1972, and married Susan Stoeckig in 1975. They have two daughters.

Over 27 years, he taught government, history, and economics at three high schools in western Montana, and coached speech and debate teams.

At the age of 22, Brown became one of the youngest Montanans ever elected to the state House of Representatives. He served two terms in the House and was elected to the Senate in 1974. He served in the Senate through 1996, when term limits prevented him from running again. He was Senate president in his legislative session.

Brown became a lobbyist for a telephone company, aluminum plant and the Montana university system for four years and then was elected secretary of state in 2000.

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Bob Brown was first elected to the Legislature in 1970. He served two terms in the House and was elected to the Senate in 1974.

He spent the next 22 years in the Senate and was president in the 1995 session, his last before term limits prevented him from running again.

He was elected secretary of state in 2000 with 51 percent of the vote in a four-way race.

Brown began his campaign for governor in July 2003 and faced three opponents for the GOP nomination. He won with 39 percent of the vote, a 16-point margin over the second-place finisher.

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