Brian Schweitzer

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Brian Schweitzer

American politician, governor of Montana from 2005 to 2008, member of the Democratic Party add

Category: Politics

Born in 1955.

Countries: Montana (48%), United States (33%), Colorado (14%)

Main connections: Montana, Stan Jones (politician), Charlie Rose

Linked to: Republican Party, The Washington Post, Democratic Party, Montana State University




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Brian Schweitzer was born in 1955 add something


Following his high school years at The Abbey School, Holy Cross Abbey, Canon City, Colorado in 1973, Schweitzer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in international agronomy from Colorado State University in 1978 and a Master of Science in soil science from Montana State University, Bozeman in 1980. add something


Schweitzer married Nancy Hupp in 1981. add something


In February 1999, he announced that he would break his 1988 promise to only hold office for two terms, claiming "Circumstances have changed, and I have rethought my position. add something


In 2000, Schweitzer ran for U.S. Senate against the Republican incumbent Conrad Burns. add something


Stan Jones (politician) - The winner in 2000 was Republican Judy Martz, and in 2004 the winner was Democrat Brian Schweitzer


When incumbent Governor Judy Martz announced she would not run for re-election in 2004, Schweitzer announced his candidacy. add something


John Bohlinger - On the 2004 gubernatorial ticket, Bohlinger, a Republican, joined with Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat


In March 2005, Schweitzer suggested that Montana's National Guard troops be recalled from service in Iraq to assist firefighting during Montana's wildfire season. add something


Schweitzer was interviewed by 60 Minutes in late 2006 or early 2007 as well as by Charlie_Rose, regarding his work in this field. add something


Montana - In May 2006, then-Governor Brian Schweitzer posthumously issued full pardons for all those convicted of violating the Montana Sedition Act.


Following the suicide of Iraq war veteran Chris Dana in 2007, Governor Schweitzer started the Yellow Ribbon Program. add something


In July 2008, he responded to controversial on-air remarks by conservative talk radio host Michael Savage, saying: "I'm very close to some autistic people and I can tell you who is a brat. add something


He asked the administration to force GM, which is receiving an infusion of around $50 billion as part of the automotive corporation federal recovery plan, to honor its contract in a manner consistent with the "buy American" provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. add something


Schweitzer signed into Law the Montana Firearms Freedom Act on April 15, 2009 which became effective October 1, 2009. add something


In 2011, Schweitzer announced his intention to provide single-payer health care in Montana, based on the Saskatchewan plan. add something


For instance, in April 2011, Schweitzer made news with his unconventional use of a branding iron to publicly veto several Republican-led bills. add something


The group's termination filing with the IRS was signed off in August 2011 by Dave Gallik, who at the time was serving as Schweitzer's commissioner of political practices, a position appointed by Governor Schweitzer and charged with policing campaign regulations add something


Due to term limits in Montana, he was barred from running for a third term in 2012 add something


Since the 2012 election, Schweitzer has been mentioned as a possible candidate for president add something


John Patrick Williams - Nominated for a seat on the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education in 2012 by then-governor Brian Schweitzer, Williams has recently endured opposition to his pending confirmation


However, in April 2013, when Baucus decided to retire, a Democrat associated with Schweitzer's thinking stated Schweitzer was leaning toward a bid in 2014 add something


In July 2013, Fox Business ran a story accusing Schweitzer of using a Washington, D.C. based 501 organization to inappropriately spend money on unknown political efforts add something


On July 13, 2013, Schweitzer stated that he would not run for the Senate seat in Montana in 2014 add something


Soon thereafter, a Democrat associated with Schweitzer stated the former governor was leaning toward a bid in 2014 add something


In a June 2014 interview with the "National Journal", he made headlines for controversial comments deemed offensive to Democrats, Republicans, women, Southerners and gays add something


Schweitzer apologized via Facebook on June 18, 2014, stating: "I recently made a number of stupid and insensitive remarks to a reporter from the "National Journal" add something


In February 2015, Schweitzer stated that he has "no plans" to run for President in 2016 add something


On October 23, 2015, Schweitzer announced his endorsement of former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley for President in 2016 add something