Judy Jacobson

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Judy Jacobson
Member of the Montana Senate
from the 42nd district
In office
Personal details
Born(1939-02-26)February 26, 1939
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJune 20, 2019(2019-06-20) (aged 80)
Butte, Montana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseJohn Jacobson
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Montana Technological University (BS)

Judy Jacobson (February 26, 1939 – June 20, 2019) was an American author and politician who served as a Democratic member of the Montana Legislature. She was elected to Montana State Senate District 42 and served from 1981 to 1996, and was the first female Senator serving Silver Bow County.

Early life and education[edit]

On February 26, 1939, Jacobson was born in South Bend, Indiana.[1][2] Jacobson attended and studied social work at the University of Wisconsin. In 1995, Jacobson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana Technological University.[1][3]


In 1981, Jacobson served in the Montana Senate District 41.[1][2]

On January 12, 1996, Jacobson was announced as the running mate of Chet Blaylock for the 1996 Montana gubernatorial election.[4] However, on October 23, 1996, Blaylock died of a heart attack, and the Montana Democratic Party selected Jacobson as his replacement, therefore becoming both the gubernatorial nominee and the lieutenant gubernatorial nominee.[5][6] Winning 79.2% of the vote,[7] ultimately, however, Marc Racicot was able to defeat Jacobson in a landslide to win re-election to his second[8] and final term as governor.

In 2000, Jacobson became the first woman Chief Executive of Butte-Silver Bow in Montana.[9]


  • 1997 Montana Almanc. Co-author with Andrea Merrill. Published by Falcon Press Publishing.[1][10]

Personal life[edit]

Jacobson's husband is John Jacobson, a physician. In 1973, Jacobson and her family moved to Butte, Montana. Jacobson has three children.[1][2] On June 20, 2019, Jacobson died in Butte at 80 years of age.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f McCumber, David (June 22, 2019). "Judy Jacobson, former state senator and Butte-Silver Bow chief executive, dies". mtstandard.com. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Judy Jacobson's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  3. ^ Foote, Rick (December 17, 1980). "Butte's first woman senator makes plans". Montana Standard. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Anez, Bob (January 13, 1996). "Jacobson on the ticket". Independent-Record. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Dems Select Jacobson To Run For Governor". The Spokesman-Review. October 29, 1996. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  6. ^ "Montana Candidate Dies Before Debate". The New York Times. October 24, 1996.
  7. ^ "History bodes well for Bullock re-election".
  8. ^ "THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. November 7, 1996. ISSN 0190-8286. OCLC 1330888409.
  9. ^ "Remembering Judy Jacobson". rampart-solutions.com. July 3, 2019. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "Montana Almanac". abebooks.com. Retrieved September 19, 2020.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of Montana
Succeeded by