Statement from Montana Democrats on the death of Bob Ream

HELENA -- Montanans are mourning the death of Bob Ream, a former legislator from Missoula, longtime party chairman and former Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioner, who died on Wednesday at the age of 80.

“Our hearts are broken over the death of our dear friend Bob,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Montana is a better state because of Bob’s work to protect our public lands and stream access in this state. Our thoughts are with his wife, Ann Brodsky, and their family during this difficult time.”

 Just a few highlight’s of Bob Ream’s esteemed career:

  • Professor of wildlife biology at the University of Montana

  • Founded the Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana

  • Served in the Montana House of Representatives for 14 years

  • Chaired the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission from 2009-2013

  • Chaired the Montana Democratic Party for eight years

  • Sponsored Montana’s stream access law and Montana Superfund law


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