Stephen A. Doherty Interview, August 30, 2019


Stephen Doherty


Bob Brown



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Steve Doherty describes his time serving in the Montana State Senate from 1993 to 2001. He talks about attending school to become an attorney, then working as one in Great Falls, Montana, his hometown, for a number of years before running for a seat in the Senate. He talks about his political influences and the support of his family and friends which helped him win his first election against Republican Jesse O’Hara. Doherty notes that his experience as an attorney was helpful during his political career and he recalls some of colleagues in the Senate, such as Dorothy Eck, Greg Jergeson, Francis Bardanouve, J.D. Lynch, and Mike Halligan, who inspired him as an incoming senator. He shares his opinions of the governors he served under including Ted Schwinden, Marc Racicot and Stan Stephens. Doherty also shares stories and anecdotes about serving with other Montana legislators including Denny Rehberg, Dorothy Bradley, and Pat Williams, noting that he considered Williams a mentor. He shares his concerns that in 2020 politicians seem less interested in compromise and working across the aisle. He also discusses his thoughts on term limits in the Montana Legislature and how that makes it difficult for legislators to develop long-term relationships which enable them to work more effectively for their constituents.


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Document Type

Oral History


Great Falls, Montana; Democratic Party; Republican Party; Social justice; Catholic Church; Catholic priests; Jim Murry; Jesse O’Hara; Dorothy Eck; Greg Jergeson; Francis Bardanouve; J.D. Lynch; Mike Halligan; Chet Blaylock; Ted Schwinden; Marc Racicot; Stan Stephens; Denny Rehberg; Dorothy Bradley; Pat Williams; Donald Trump; Chuck Swysgood; Term limits; Montana politics; Montana politics, History of

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

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

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 /

Oral History Number

OH 396-080

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (01:34:07 min.) digital + 1 transcript (30pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:34:07 minutes

Local Filename

OH_396_080.mp3; OH_396_080.pdf

Stephen A. Doherty Interview, August 30, 2019
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