MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following reappointments to his Cabinet:
- Mike Tooley as Director of the Department of Transportation;
- Major General Matt Quinn as the Director of the Department of Military Affairs and the Adjutant General for the Montana National Guard;
- Angela Wong as Montana Lottery Director;
- Pam Bucy as the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry;
- John Tubbs as the Director of the Department of Natural Resources;
- Tom Livers as the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality; and
- Mike Kadas as the Director of the Department of Revenue.
“Today we celebrate the exceptional public service of these outstanding leaders,” said Governor Bullock. “Montana has benefited greatly as a result of their tireless efforts and I look forward to working with each of these dedicated public servants both personally and professionally as we move forward.” said Bullock.
The Governor also announced the following Cabinet directors will be leaving their posts to retire from state government or seek opportunities in the private sector:
- Department of Corrections Director Mike Batista;
- Department of Health & Human Services Director Richard Opper;
- Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary;
- Department of Agriculture Ron De Yong;
- Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks Director Jeff Hagener;
- Governor’s Office of Economic Development Director John Rogers.
Sheila Hogan, Director, Department of Public Health and Human Services:
Governor Bullock has selected current Sheila Hogan to serve as the Director of the Department of Public Health and Human Services. Hogan currently has served as the Director of Administration for the last four years where she has been a champion of public service, streamlining processes online, cutting red tape and making it more accessible for Montana businesses to do business with the state. Hogan was appointed to serve as the Director of Administration by Governor Bullock in 2013. Previously, she served as the executive director of the Career Training Institute in Helena, MT for 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in business and public policy from Montana Tech-University of Montana. Hogan has held numerous leadership roles in workforce and economic development organizations throughout Montana. Hogan is married to Jim Edwards and collectively have four children, two grandchildren, and a Labrador named Led Zeppelin.
John Lewis: Director, Department of Administration:
Governor Bullock has selected John Lewis to replace Hogan as the Director of the Department of Administration. Lewis served for 12 years as a top advisor and Montana Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Max Baucus. Working for Senator Baucus, Lewis spearheaded legislation giving businesses incentives to hire veterans. In 2011, John traveled to all 56 counties across Montana, meeting with every mayor of the state’s 129 incorporated cities and towns getting to know them better and hearing their community needs. Born in Billings, John met his future wife Melissa at Western Washington University in 1996. John and Melissa reside in Helena with their daughter Kate, son Jackson – and newborn baby boy Luke.
Loraine Wodnik, Interim Director, Department of Corrections:
Governor Bullock has appointed Loraine Wodnik to serve as the Interim Director of the Department of Corrections while a national search is conducted to replace Director Batista. Wodnik has served the State of Montana in several roles over the last 24 years. For the past three and a half years, she has served as the Deputy Director for the Montana Department of Corrections, working to make Corrections a better place for both the employees of the agency and the offenders in the department’s custody. In 2015, the Interagency Committee for Change by Women selected Wodnik to receive the Excellence in Leadership Award for achievement in State Government. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Public Administration. Wodnik is married to Joe Wodnik and together they have four grown children.
Governor Bullock continues to have ongoing discussions about his remaining Cabinet appointments and will make announcements as decisions are made in the upcoming weeks.