About the Commissioner

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Montana Department of Labor & Industry Commissioner Tom Lopach

Tom Lopach is Commissioner of the Montana Department of Labor & Industry – a job he started in January 2020.  Prior to serving as Commissioner, Lopach was a senior adviser to Steve Bullock for President and chief of staff to Governor Steve Bullock.  Lopach joined Bullock’s office in August 2017.

During the 2015-16 election cycle, Lopach served as the Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) under the chairmanship of Senator Jon Tester.   Lopach managed a staff of 70 professionals and a record-setting two-year budget of $170 million.  Lopach previously had served at the DSCC as the National Finance Director during the 2007-2008 election cycle.

Prior to joining the DSCC as Executive Director, Lopach served as Chief of Staff to Senator Tester from February 2010 to December 2014.  In this role, Lopach managed a staff of 38 in the Senator’s office, as well as the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce. 

Beginning in 2009, Lopach served as Vice President of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Export-Import Bank of the United States.  In this position, Lopach worked with Chairman Fred Hochberg to develop stronger relationships on Capitol Hill, to increase awareness of Bank support by state and Congressional district and helped create training workshops around the country supporting small businesses accessing export markets.

From 1999-2006 Lopach worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy in various capacities with his 2000 and 2006 reelection campaigns, with Kennedy’s leadership PAC, the Committee for a Democratic Majority, and worked with Kennedy’s official Senate office to oversee research on Administration cabinet and subcabinet nominees. 

In 1996 Lopach started his professional career as a field representative for Congressman Pat Williams in Helena.

A graduate of Gonzaga University and a native of Helena, after twenty years in Washington, DC, Lopach is living back home in Helena.