Senate confirms political practices commissioner

HELENA, Mont. - The Montana Senate has confirmed a new commissioner of political practices less than 24 hours after Gov. Steve Bullock appointed him.

Jeff Mangan said before Thursday's confirmation that he expects to be sworn in by the third week of May.

He will replace Commissioner Jonathan Motl overseeing the state's campaign, lobbying and ethics laws.

Mangan is a former Democratic lawmaker who lives in Great Falls.

He says he wants to end the perception of partisanship in the commissioner's office by increasing transparency and accountability.

The Senate voted 48-1 to confirm him less than an hour after a Senate committee questioned him.

Republican Sen. Dee Brown of Hungry Horse calls it "the lightning appointment of all time."

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