This morning, Governor Steve Bullock signed a bill honoring the late Attorney General Joseph Mazurek. Senate Bill 258, introduced at the request of Attorney General Tim Fox, will rename the Justice Building after Mazurek and will allow a privately-funded memorial to be built near its entrance. Senator Art Wittich (R-Bozeman) sponsored the bill.
The Justice Building at 215 N. Sanders houses the Attorney General’s Office, the state Supreme Court, the Clerk of Court and the state Law Library.
“Joe was a friend and a mentor, but most importantly, he was a statesman who epitomized the idea that public service is the noblest profession one can pursue,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “I am humbled that Montanans chose me to occupy Joe’s former office for the next four years, and I look forward to the day when a memorial to his leadership and service greets all who enter the Joseph Mazurek Justice Building.”
Mazurek, who passed away from Alzheimer’s last August, served as Montana’s Attorney General from 1993 to 2001. Prior to that he served in the State Senate from 1981 to 1993 and as an officer in the U.S. Army. Known for working across party lines to make Montana a better place, Mazurek’s distinguished career as a public servant included efforts to combat youth violence, fight Medicaid and workers’ compensation fraud, improve the environment, and settle federal and tribal water rights compacts.