Steve Bullock was born in Missoula, Mont., and raised in Helena, where he now resides. He earned a bachelor's from Claremont McKenna College and a law degree from Columbia University Law School.
After a stint at a private law firm, Bullock took a job in the mid-1990s as legal counsel for the Montana secretary of state.
He worked for the state attorney general's office until 2001, when he returned to private practice in Washington, D.C., and Helena.
Bullock was elected attorney general of Montana in 2008.
He and his wife, Lisa, have three children.
Steve Bullock was elected in 2008 as Montana's attorney general, defeating Republican Tim Fox.
Bullock ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2000, but burnished his statewide credentials by leading a successful ballot initiative to raise Montana's minimum wage.
A rising star in the state Democratic Party, Bullock was the consensus choice to run for governor. The incumbent, Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer, cannot seek re-election because he has reached his two-term limit.
Bullock kicked off his general election campaign against former U.S. Rep. Rick Hill by promising a one-time $400 property tax rebate to every Montana homeowner if elected. The proposal is similar to one that Schweitzer pushed through the Legislature four years ago, and one that Hill has derided as a "one-time gimmick" that won't stimulate the economy.
As attorney general, Bullock made tougher drunken-driving laws a priority and ushered new proposals through the 2011 Legislature. Bullock cited the DUI death of a state trooper in pushing for changes to the state's drinking and driving culture.
Bullock received national attention for his fight to preserve Montana's century-old ban on some corporate political spending in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. That decision paved the way for unlimited spending by corporations and labor unions in federal elections, as long as the dollars are independent of the campaigns.
Montana was joined by 22 other states and the District of Columbia in arguing that state campaign-finance laws should not be a part of the federal precedent set by the Citizens United ruling. In June 2012, the Supreme Court reaffirmed its 2010 decision and ruled against Montana.
Bullock has defended other state campaign-finance laws against the free speech arguments of conservative corporate groups, including the American Tradition Partnership. Bullock has argued that the current laws are necessary to protect political corruption.
Bullock led another high-profile case before the Supreme Court that invoked the 19th-century Lewis and Clark expedition in arguments over who owns the land beneath several Montana waterways. Montana was attempting to collect back rent on several dams by arguing the state owned the navigable riverbeds, but the high court ruled against Bullock and the state in that case.
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Steve Bullock is not up for re-election in 2014.
(Last updated by The Associated Press on June 11, 2014.)