Rick Hill Interview, September 19, 2017


Rick Hill


Bob Brown



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Rick Hill discusses his work in Montana government and politics, and his tenure as Montana’s congressman in the United States House of Representatives during the latter half of the 20th century. He recalls his childhood in Minnesota, how his political identity developed during college, and his early career in insurance. He discusses his work as chairman of the Montana Republican Party, building Republican seats in the state legislature, and working with Republican candidates in the 1990s, especially Marc Racicot in his bid for governor. Hill shares his thought on various Montana politicians, and recounts his successful run for Montana’s representative in 1996. He discusses his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. politicians, and his views on populist politics in the United States.


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Document Type

Oral History


Aitkin, Minnesota; Great Falls, Montana; Galt, Jack; Wenzel, Steve; Hill, Betti; Briggs, Joe; Grinde, Larry; Stephens, Stan; Racicot, Marc; Rehberg, Dennis; Marlenee, Ron; Sales tax, Montana; Workers’ compensation; MacKay, Dwight; Mikkelsen, Alan; Mahe, Eddie; Yellowtail, Bill; Boehner, John; Gingrich, Newt; New World Mine; Museum of the Rockies; Reeb, Margaret; Otter Creek coal tracks; Burns, Conrad; DeLay, Tom; Campbell, Tom; Hastert, Dennis; Blunt, Roy; Thune, John; Livingston, Bob; Williams, Pat; Deschamps, Dusty; Esch, Tom; Esch, Marvin; Shuster, Bud; Bullock, Steve; Trump, Donald; Paul, Ron; Clinton, William “Bill”; Bush, George H.W.; Perot, Ross; Montana politics and government, 20th century; United States politics and government, 20th century

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Bob Brown Oral History Project OH-396, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 396-079

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (02:04:31 min.): digital + 1 transcript (49 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:04:31 minutes

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OH_396_079.mp3; OH_396_079.pdf

Rick Hill Interview, September 19, 2017
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