Steve Doherty

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Steve Doherty

Steve Doherty is a former Minority Leader of the Montana State Senate.

Early Life

Doherty was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. He is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon, where he was recently honored as a Distinguished Environmental Law graduate for 2005. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.[1]

Montana State Senate

Steve Doherty served in the Montana State Senate for 12 years, both in majority and minority leadership positions and was the Democratic leader for two sessions. Active in national efforts to increase state legislators’ effectiveness, Doherty was an early supporter of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators.[1]

Progressive States Network Gala

April 19, 2007, Progressive States Network’s first annual gala honored U.S. Senator Jon Tester, U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, and Deborah Rappaport. Awards were also presented to Iowa State Senator Joe Bolkcom, Kansas State Senator Donald Betts, and Washington State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles. Participants talked about promoting their legislative agenda and public policy advocacy. They also talked about issues such as operations in Iraq, grassroots organizing and recruitment, and public participation.

Other speakers included Joel Barkin Executive Director Progressive States Network, Steve Doherty Founding Co-Chair Progressive States Network, Senators Al Franken and Bernie Sanders, Lisa Seitz Gruwell Chief Operating Officer Skyline Public Works, Washington (State) Tom Matzzie Director, David Sirota Founding Co-Chair Progressive States Network.[2]

Progressive Legislative Action Network

Steve Doherty is Co-Chair of the Progressive Legislative Action Network.[1]

Progressive States Network

In 2010, Steve Doherty served on the Board of Directors for the Progressive States Network, an organization which seeks to "transform the political landscape by sparking progressive actions at the state level".[3]


Doherty has served as a trainer for the National Democratic Institute in the People's Republic of China. He is a graduate of the Center for Policy Alternatives' Flemming Fellows program and went on to serve as a trainer for the program. Recently, Steve was appointed by the Governor of Montana as Chairman of the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission.[1]