About Bob Lake, Vice Chairman
Montana voters elected Bob Lake in 2012 to the District 4 seat on the Montana Public Service Commission. Lake’s district includes Lincoln, Sanders, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Granite and Ravalli counties.
A 43-year resident of Hamilton, Lake and his family have deep roots in District 4, where he worked in the animal feed business including 22 years as owner of Lake Milling Inc./Lakeland Feeds in Hamilton. A 43-year resident of Hamilton, Lake served as President of the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, President of the Montana Chamber Foundation and with several other clubs and organizations, including the Montana Lottery Board.
After selling Lakeland Feeds in 2000, Lake pursued his interests in politics. In 2002, voters elected the Republican to the Montana House of Representatives. Lake served on the Education Committee, Rules Committee and from 2007 to 2010 as Chairman of the House Taxation Committee. He also chaired the Ethics Committee. While serving in the House, Lake’s colleagues appointed him to the Select Committee on Education Funding.
In 2010, voters elected Lake to the Senate, where he was appointed vice chairman of the Taxation Committee and as a member of the Energy and Telecommunications Committee and Education Committee.
Born in Ronan in March 1938, Lake’s parents left the dust bowl of Eastern Idaho to pursue a new beginning in the beautiful Mission Valley of Western Montana. Lake’s father farmed and worked in custom harvesting while his mother raised five children and managed the household, which included a large garden, chickens and an orchard.
Lake graduated from Ronan High School before serving in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. He married his high school sweetheart, Faithe, 54 years ago. The couple has two children; daughter Coleen works as the state director at the Better Business Bureau and lives in Helena while son Ward works as a 3rd grade teacher at the rural Lone Rock Elementary School northeast of Stevensville. Lake has two granddaughters.