Former US Sen. John Melcher of Montana dies at 93 - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Former US Sen. John Melcher of Montana dies at 93

Posted: Updated:
U.S. Senate Historical Office U.S. Senate Historical Office

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. John Melcher, a Montana Democrat who narrowly lost his bid for a third term in 1988 just days after a wilderness bill he championed was vetoed, has died at 93.
  
His daughter, Joan Melcher, said Melcher died Thursday at his home in Missoula.
  
Melcher's 35-year political career included seven years in the House and two terms in the U.S. Senate.
  
During his time in Washington, Melcher largely stuck to bread-and-butter issues for a farm-state lawmaker, such as crop subsidies and overseas trade.
  
In 1988, he co-sponsored a much-debated bill to permanently set aside 1.4 million acres of public land as wilderness, while opening an additional 4 million acres to logging, drilling, mining and tourism.
  
President Ronald Reagan vetoed the wilderness bill just days before the election that Melcher lost to Republican Conrad Burns.
 

  • StatewideMore>>

  • Kelly Clarkson to perform at MontanaFair

    Kelly Clarkson to perform at MontanaFair

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:06 PM EDT2018-04-24 16:06:16 GMT

    She's a three time Grammy-award winner who just recently released her eighth studio album "Meaning of Life" which features the Grammy nominated single "Love so Soft."

    She's a three time Grammy-award winner who just recently released her eighth studio album "Meaning of Life" which features the Grammy nominated single "Love so Soft."

  • Montana Treasures: Forensic Gun Examiners

    Montana Treasures: Forensic Gun Examiners

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:06 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:06:47 GMT
    Travis Spinder and Lynette Lancon are Montana's Forensic Files Scientists. TV shows may shed false light on what they actually do but there's no denying their job is unique.  "We look at evidence from crimes to determine if particular bullets and cartridge cases were fired by a particular gun and testify in court to our results if we are asked to," said Lancon.  So whenever a gun is sent to the lab for testing one of the first things they have to do is the fun pa...
    Travis Spinder and Lynette Lancon are Montana's Forensic Files Scientists. TV shows may shed false light on what they actually do but there's no denying their job is unique.  "We look at evidence from crimes to determine if particular bullets and cartridge cases were fired by a particular gun and testify in court to our results if we are asked to," said Lancon.  So whenever a gun is sent to the lab for testing one of the first things they have to do is the fun pa...
  • MDT Grant Funds Ambulance Purchase for Florence Volunteer Fire Dept.

    MDT Grant Funds Ambulance Purchase for Florence Volunteer Fire Dept.

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:47 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:47:57 GMT

    The Florence Volunteer Fire Department announced that they will be purchasing a new ambulance...

    The Florence Volunteer Fire Department announced that they will be purchasing a new ambulance...

  • Most Popular