Perennial Candidate Kelleher Dies at 88

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Bob Kelleher — an attorney, perennial political candidate and delegate to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention — has died. He was 88.

David Kelleher of Kalispell tells Lee Newspapers of Montana that his father died Sunday in Billings.

Kelleher, who many will remember for his bushy eyebrows, ran for office 16 times between 1964 and 2008, mostly as a Democrat. He won the six-way Republican primary nomination for U.S. Senate in 2008, but lost to Sen. Max Baucus in the general election.

In 1971, Kelleher was elected as one of the 100 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, where he fought unsuccessfully for Montana to switch to a one-house parliamentary form of government.

Kelleher worked as an attorney in Butte and Billings. He had seven children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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