Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock is bringing on a new chief of staff with experience at the federal level as he is looking to expand his role in the national political picture.
Tom Lopach, former executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, will replace Tracy Stone-Manning.
Stone-Manning is moving to Missoula to become associate vice president for the National Wildlife Federation, leading the organization's national public lands program.
"It is bittersweet to have Tracy's time with my administration come to an end. She has been a skilled administrator, trusted advisor and close friend, and I wish her luck in her next adventure," Bullock wrote in an emailed statement.
Lopach was born and raised in Helena. Prior to working as a strategist for Subject Matter, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., Lopach was executive director of the DSCC during the 2016 election cycle and chief of staff to Tester from 2010 to 2014. In 2009, he was senior vice president of congressional affairs for the Export-Import Bank of the United States. During the 2008 election cycle, Lopach was the DSCC's national finance director. Lopach started his career as a field representative for then Congressman Pat Williams in Helena, Montana, in 1996.
He starts Aug. 7.