Office sought: U.S. senator.
Political party: Democrat.
Office salary: $174,000.
Birth date and place: Nov. 3, 1960, Butte.
Occupation: U.S. senator.
Family: Wife Janet, two sons.
Education: Butte High School graduate, 1979; studied political science, economics and history at Carroll College, 1979-1984; bachelor’s degree from State University of New York, Albany (now Excelsior College), 1990; master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa., 2007.
Employment: Feb. 7-present, U.S. senator; January 2013-February 2014, lieutenant governor; 2008-2012, adjutant general of the Montana National Guard; 1984-2008, full-time employee of Montana National Guard, in various capacities.
Military: Served in or worked for National Guard since 1979; led combat battalion of National Guard in Iraq from December 2004-November 2005.
Political experience: Elected lieutenant governor in 2012; became candidate for U.S. Senate last October; appointed U.S. senator on Feb. 7 by Gov. Steve Bullock, to fill out remainder of term of Sen. Max Baucus, who resigned to become U.S. ambassador to China.