Judy Martz

American speed skater and politician (1943-2017)

Judy Martz (July 28, 1943 – October 30, 2017) was an American politician who was the 23rd Governor of Montana from 2001 to 2005. She was elected Governor of Montana on 7 November 2000.[1] She was the first woman to be elected Governor in Montana.[1] She served only one term in office, from January 1, 2001 to January 3, 2005.

Judy Martz
Judy Martz 2003.jpg
22nd Governor of Montana
In office
January 1, 2001 – January 3, 2005
LieutenantKarl Ohs
Preceded byMarc Racicot
Succeeded byBrian Schweitzer
31st Lieutenant Governor of Montana
In office
January 6, 1997 – January 1, 2001
GovernorMarc Racicot
Preceded byDenny Rehberg
Succeeded byKarl Ohs
Personal details
Judith Helen Morstein

(1943-07-28)July 28, 1943
Big Timber, Montana, U.S.
DiedOctober 30, 2017(2017-10-30) (aged 74)
Butte, Montana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Harry Martz (m. 1965)
EducationMontana State University, Billings (BA)
September 2, 2003 -- Montana Governor, Judy Martz, FEMA Director, Michael Brown and Forest Service representative, Bob Beckley tour a smoke jumper plane at the smoke jumper facility in Missoula, Montana.


Judy Martz was born on July 28, 1943 in Big Timber, Montana.[1] She graduated from Butte High School in 1961.[1] She also attended Eastern Montana College.[1] She was a member of the US Olympic speed skating team and competed in the 1964 Winter Olympics.[1] She married her husband, Harry Martz, in 1965.[1]


Judy Martz was the 22nd Governor of Montana.

After leaving officeEdit

On April 1, 2005, Judy Martz was appointed to the board of directors of TASER International.[2] As of September of 2016, she was still on the board.[3][4]

Illness and deathEdit

On November 11, 2014, it was announced that Judy Martz had stage 2 pancreatic cancer and was undergoing treatment in Arizona.[5] She died of the disease on October 30, 2017 in Butte, Montana at the age of 74.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Biography of Governor Judy Martz". www.mt.gov. State of Montana. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  2. "TASER International Names Former Montana Governor Judy Martz to Board of Directors". www.prnewswire.com. PRNewswire. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  3. "Form 4, Statement of changes in beneficial ownership of securities". invester.taser.com. Taser International. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  4. "Investor Relations / Leadership". invester.taser.com. Taser International. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  5. Associated Press (11 November 2014). "Former Gov. Martz says she has stage 2 pancreatic cancer". www.greatfallstribune.com. Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  6. Former Gov. Judy Martz, Montana’s only female governor, dies at 74