About the Commissioner



Galen Hollenbaugh

Galen Hollenbaugh was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock on October 24, 2017, to serve as the Commissioner for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry.As Commissioner, he has responsibility for administration, oversight, and management of the approximately 675 employees and nearly $84 million budget of the department.He provides strategic leadership on various aspects of Montana’s economy including employment, unemployment, workers’ compensation, professional and occupational licensing and workforce development.


For more than 20 years, Commissioner Hollenbaugh served in various leadership positions throughout state government.He began his tenure with the Department of Labor & Industry in 2012.Prior to his appointment, he served as the Deputy Commissioner for the department.He has also held senior management positions in the Secretary of State’s office, and at the Department of Justice.

Hollenbaugh also served four terms in the Montana House of Representatives, representing the Helena community.

Hollenbaugh currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and Shodair Children’s Hospital.

Hollenbaugh is a Missoula native and earned both an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Montana.During his spare time, he can be found hunting, golfing, floating or cheering on the Grizzlies.He resides in Helena with his family.