Bullock appoints Democrat campaign donor to Billings judge post

Helena – Governor Steve Bullock has appointed Billings personal injury attorney Don Harris as the new district court judge in Yellowstone County. Mr.  Harris will replace Judge Russ Fagg who retired earlier this year.

Mr. Harris is currently a partner at the law firm of Harris, Gannet & Varela PLLC. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Montana.

According records from the National Institute on Money in State Politics, Mr. Harris has contributed thousands of dollars to Democrat candidates, including Governor Bullock’s own campaign committee.

A formal start date is not yet known, Mr. Harris told the Billings Gazette he would work with the Montana Supreme Court to set a date.

Mr. Harris must appear on the ballot in 2018 to retain the seat.


By: Big Sky Headlines Staff