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Stan Stephens
20th Governor of Montana
In office
January 2, 1989 – January 4, 1993
Lieutenant Allen Kolstad
Denny Rehberg
Preceded by Ted Schwinden
Succeeded by Marc Racicot
President of the Montana Senate
In office
Preceded by Jean Turnage
Succeeded by Bill Norman
Personal details
Born (1929-09-16)September 16, 1929
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Died April 3, 2021(2021-04-03) (aged 91)
Kalispell, Montana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Hanson

Stanley Graham Stephens (September 16, 1929 – April 3, 2021) was a Canadian-American politician, journalist, and broadcaster who served as the 20th Governor of Montana from 1989 until 1993.


Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1929, Stephens was educated in public schools, but dropped out of high school. He moved to Montana when he was nineteen. He married Ann Hanson and the couple had two children.


Stephens' 38-year career in broadcasting included his being drafted into service with the U.S. Armed Forces Broadcast Network during the Korean War. Stephens and Lyle Leeds, co-owners of KOJM Radio, in Havre, Montana, from 1953 to 1985, guided the station to a policy of fund-raisers and free air time to individuals to speak on issues. Developing the art of radio editorials, in 1975, Stephens earned the Edward R. Murrow award for journalistic excellence in editorials for uncovering a scandal in the Montana Workers' Compensation Program.

Stephens began his political career in 1969 with his election to the Montana State Senate and in his 16-year tenure, he served as floor whip, majority leader, and senate president. In 1986 Stephens was recognized by the National Republican Legislators' Association as one of the country's ten most outstanding state lawmakers.

In 1988, when incumbent Governor of Montana Ted Schwinden declined to seek re-election to a third term, Stephens ran to succeed him. He narrowly won the Republican primary, and, in the general election, defeated former Governor Thomas Lee Judge by a slim margin. During his tenure as governor, he served on the White House Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Affairs, and he oversaw the 1989 Montana Statehood Centennial celebration. He declined to seek re-election in 1992, and was succeeded by Marc Racicot.

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