BILLINGS -- Entering his fourth year as Montana attorney general, Tim Fox filed Tuesday for a second term in office.
“It’s been an honor to serve Montanans as attorney general,” Fox said. “In the last three years we have done a great deal to improve public safety. ... But there’s more work to do, and so today I’m asking Montanans for another term to do it.”
Fox, a Republican, was preceded in office by Democrat Steve Bullock, the current governor of Montana.
Fox has said it is his priority to strengthen and address sentencing laws in Montana during the 2013 and 2015 legislatures. A law increasing penalties for driving under the influence was passed during the 2015 Legislature, as well as 33 other priority bills during both sessions. Through the U.S. Marshals Service, local agencies have gained extra resources to maintain their violent and sexual registries.
Fox has also sought to use state law to manage environmental concerns in Montana as opposed to allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate inside the state.
According to Fox's office, Montana is among the top three states in the nation when it comes to efforts to prevent child sex trafficking.
Born and raised in Hardin, Fox had practiced law in Montana for more than 28 years. He graduated from the University of Montana in 1981 with a geology degree and again in 1987 with a law degree. He and his wife Karen have four children and five grandchildren.
"I am proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, and I'm proud of the hardworking men and women at the Montana Department of Justice,” Fox said. “Across the state, we come to work every day focused on protecting Montanans, providing vital services, and upholding the rule of law.”