By Alex Sakariassen 

Lawmakers deadlock on political practices commissioner

After a nomination committee fails to reach consensus, the question of Jeff Mangan’s successor falls squarely to Gov. Gianforte.


January 6, 2023

A panel of four state legislators last week reached an impasse over who should become Montana’s next commissioner of political practices. Now, the task of narrowing the field to a single candidate falls squarely on Gov. Greg Gianforte, whose office has yet to provide a glimpse of any frontrunner.

The goal of the Legislature’s COPP nomination committee on Dec. 28 was to screen the pool of applicants vying to replace Jeff Mangan and agree on at least two names to forward to Gianforte for his consideration. In all, five candidates appeared before the committee in person or via Zoom to answ...

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