Constitution Day Lecture: Marc Racicot
Former Montana governor and Carroll College alum Marc Racicot, '70, will deliver the annual Constitution Day lecture on September 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. livestreamed online via Zoom.
This lecture is sponsored by Carroll College Constitutional Studies.
About Marc Racicot
Marc Racicot served as Montana's governor from 1993-2001.
Marc was elected Montana Attorney General in 1988 and took office in January 1989. He planned to run for re-election in 1992. However, Governor Stan Stephens (R) took ill and withdrew from the race. Marc sought the Republican nomination with Lieutenant Governor Dennis Rehberg, a Billings area rancher. After winning a hard-fought primary campaign, the men ran a successful general election race that led to a narrow 51 percent victory in November 1992. Marc Racicot was sworn in as Montana's 20th Governor on Jan. 4, 1993.
In 1996, he sought re-election to a second and final term, with Judy Martz, a Butte businesswoman, as his running mate. On Nov. 5, 1996, they were overwhelmingly elected with 80 percent of the vote, the largest winning percentage for a Governor in Montanaï¿½s history and the largest winning percentage for any U.S. Governor in 1996.
He also played basketball for Carroll College, was elected student body president, and in 1970 set a record for most assists in a basketball game, 32. That record still stands.
While at Carroll, Marc worked summers for the Highway Department, mapping county roads and railroad crossings across the state. This gave Marc his first opportunity to see Montana corner to corner and to meet many individuals who remain good friends. During college, Marc also worked in the Capitol print shop and as a dishwasher, cook, and line runner in the college cafeteria. He graduated in 1970 with a degree in English and later that year married Theresa Barber, a Carroll student from Big Timber, Montana. Soon after, Marc enrolled in the University of Montana Law School in Missoula, receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 1973.
Some of Marc's hobbies include running, carpentry and gardening. Marc has served on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National Service and on the Board of Directors for United Way. He has been a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Montana Law School and was a member of the Board of Trustees at Carroll College from 1989-1993. Marc and his wife Theresa (a current member of the Carroll Board of Trustees) have five children: Annie, Tim, Mary Catherine, Theresa Rose, and Joe.