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Montana Commissioner of Political Practices resigns

Montana’s top political Commissioner of Political Practices announced Monday he’s resigning, a few weeks before his term is up.

Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan’s six-year term was set to run through January. Mangan instead is resigning November 7 for an unspecified job in the private sector.

He made the announcement on his personal twitter account.

Mangan was appointed to the post in 2017 by former Democratic Governor, Steve Bullock. The position of Commissioner of Political Practices is responsible for ensuring integrity and transparency in state politics and campaigns.

A spokesperson from Gov. Greg Gianforte’s office tells Montana Public Radio the governor thanked Mangan Monday for his years of dedicated service.

The statement says Gianforte looks forward to appointing a commissioner, subject to confirmation by a majority of the Montana state senate.

O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the University of Montana School of Journalism. His first career job out of school was covering the 1995 Montana Legislature. When the session wrapped up, O’Brien was fortunate enough to land a full-time position at the station as a general assignment reporter. Feel free to drop him a line at edward.obrien@umt.edu.