Mike Milburn, Chief of Staff
Mike is a Montana native and a graduate of Montana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in geology. He served 20 years as a U.S. Air Force and Montana Air National Guard pilot, where he flew numerous military aircraft from transports to fighters on worldwide missions, and served as chief of staff of the Montana Air National Guard. Upon retirement from the military he flew Mercy Flight’s fixed wing air ambulance for Benefis Hospital in Great Falls for 10 years. In 2004, Mike was elected to the Montana House of Representatives and served as speaker from 2011-2012. He has served on numerous boards, including the Cascade School Board, legislative liaison to the Montana State Fund, a governance position on McLaughlin Research Center’s Board, and the Great Falls Development Authority Board.
Ed Eck, Deputy Attorney General and Office of Consumer Protection Chief
Ed is a former dean of the University of Montana School of Law, where he was a professor for 32 years. He taught courses concerning wills and trusts, including charitable trusts, and taxation, including the taxation of charitable gifts. Ed is also a Uniform Law Commissioner and was on the drafting committee of the Uniform Trust Code, which was adopted by the Montana Legislature. Ed chaired a 31-person committee of Montana trust officers and lawyers who proposed the Uniform Trust Code to the Legislature. Ed also served in the part-time position of Trust Director of the Montana Mental Health Care Trust, and as an interim trustee for the Montana Healthcare Foundation. Ed’s prior public service also includes a term on the IRS Oversight Board. President George Bush nominated Ed, and, after confirmation by the U.S. Senate in 2008, Ed served until the completion of his five-year term in 2013.
Alan Joscelyn, Chief Deputy Attorney General
Alan is a fourth-generation Montanan. He grew up in Choteau, Helena and Missoula, graduated from Hellgate High School in 1968, and then spent seven straight years at the University of Montana earning degrees in radio-television and in law. He served as counsel to the former Montana Department of State Lands for two years, then hung out a shingle. After five years of solo practice, he joined the Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman law firm in Helena where he was a partner for more than 30 years, emphasizing natural resources and environmental law.
Jon Bennion, Deputy Attorney General
Jon is a native of Billings, Montana. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science in 2000 and a law degree in 2005 from the University of Montana in Missoula. In 2004, he authored Big Sky Politics, a book about the history of campaigns and elections in modern Montana. After law school, he clerked for a state district court judge in Billings. In 2006, Jon joined the Montana Chamber of Commerce staff as Government Relations Director, where he has also served as a staff attorney. In 2009, he was appointed to serve on the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission.
Tommy Butler, Deputy Attorney General
Tommy is a native of Helena, Montana, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Montana State University in Bozeman and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, where he developed an interest and expertise in mineral law. For 30 years he served as trust lands legal counsel for the Montana Department of State Lands, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and the State Board of Land Commissioners. He has advised and represented the State of Montana in a broad array of natural resource, environmental, and real property litigation.
Dale Schowengerdt, Solicitor General
Before becoming Montana’s Solicitor General, Dale worked as senior legal counsel for a public interest non-profit law firm that focuses on constitutional law. In his eleven years with the firm, he litigated several precedent-setting cases involving a broad range of constitutional and election law issues at the trial and appellate levels. Dale also trained attorneys on issues concerning litigation strategy, briefing, and federal civil procedure.
Liz Bangerter, Director of Government Affairs
Liz served in the Montana House of Representatives from 2010-14. During her tenure she served on five different committees, including chairing the Local Government Committee. In 2013 she sponsored House Bill 28, which won the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Top National Award for State Legislative Accomplishment. She serves on the Helena Airport Board and Helena College Foundation board. In her free time Liz loves to play outdoors, and has run the 30k “Don’t Fence Me In” trail run, completed two sprint distance triathlons, and one marathon.
John Barnes, Director of Communications
Prior to joining Attorney General Fox’s staff at the Department of Justice, John worked in public affairs in Washington state. He is a published historian of the American West, holds a master’s degree from Utah State University and is a graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan.
Anastasia Burton, Deputy Communications Director
Anastasia was raised in northcentral Montana and is a graduate of the University of Great Falls, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast communications. Anastasia was formerly Director of Community Relations and Marketing at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena. She previously worked for the State from 1994 – 2006, including serving as Public Information Officer for the Department of Public Health and Human Services, and as press secretary to Governor Marc Racicot. Anastasia serves on the board of the Montana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Julie James, Executive Assistant
Julie is a graduate of Park High School in Livingston and is a certified paralegal. She has extensive background in the legal field. She has worked for the Powell County Attorney’s Office, a public defender in Arizona, and in the Legal Services Division of the Montana Department of Justice. Julie has worked at the law firm of Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman for the past six years. She has also regularly volunteered as an elections judge.
Rick Ask, Gambling Control Division
Rick has been with the Gambling Control Division at the Department of Justice since its inception in 1989, serving under Attorneys General Marc Racicot, Joe Mazurek, Mike McGrath, and Steve Bullock, who appointed Rick administrator in 2008. Prior to that he served as the division’s operations chief. Before joining the Gambling Control Division, Rick held a variety of positions with the Montana Department of Revenue over the course of nine years.
Jon Bennion, Legal Services Division
(see bio above)
Colonel Tom Butler, Montana Highway Patrol
Colonel Tom Butler is chief of the Montana Highway Patrol. A native of Clancy, Colonel Butler is a graduate of Montana State University and has been with the Highway Patrol since 1992. He rose through the ranks in the field, and from 2005 – 2009 commanded the Patrol’s Bozeman district detachment. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of major and placed in charge of Patrol operations. Colonel Butler has overseen the Patrol’s budget and technology infrastructure upgrades, taken the lead on legislative issues of importance to the law enforcement community, and has worked closely with the Attorney General’s Office to expand the 24/7 Sobriety Program.
Joe Chapman, Chief Information Officer / Information Technology
Joe has been administrator of the Information Technology Services Division at the Department of Justice since 2010. A native of Marquette, Michigan, he is a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force, where he spent 20 years leading large information technology organizations and projects. Joe is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and has a master’s in business administration from the University of Dayton Ohio with a concentration in management information systems.
Sarah Garcia, Motor Vehicle Division
Sarah is a Helena native and spent more than 20 years serving as a career active duty officer in the U.S. Army. After retiring at rank of major, she returned to Montana and began her career in state public service. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and a master’s degree in public administration from Webster University.
Christi Jacobsen, Central Services Division
Christi, a Helena native, has twelve years of state fiscal management experience. Prior to joining the Department of Justice she was the administrator of Central Services at the Office of the State Auditor, a budget analyst in the Department of Justice, a financial manager for the Secretary of State, and an executive budget analyst under Governors Martz and Schweitzer. Christi received her bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Montana.
Dr. Philip Kinsey, Forensic Sciences Division
Dr. Kinsey has 15 years of experience in forensic DNA analysis. From 2005 – 2012 he managed the DNA section of the Montana State Crime Laboratory. Prior to that he served at the Oregon State Policy Crime Laboratory and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oregon. Phil received his bachelor and doctorate degrees in biology from the University of California, Irvine. He is active on several national forensic science committees and review boards.
Bryan Lockerby, Division of Criminal Investigation
Bryan is a thirty-year veteran of the Great Falls Police Department, where he retired at the rank of captain. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 200th Session, where his peers elected him class valedictorian. He has attended the FBI Intermountain Command College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Regents University, as well as a criminal justice degree from the University of Great Falls. During his tenure with the Great Falls Police Department, he has worked in an undercover capacity with a federal drug task force, commanded the High Risk Unit, supervised the Training & Crime Preventions Unit, commanded patrol operations and currently commands the investigations bureau. Bryan has also served as state president of the Montana Police Protective Association.