Justice Mike Wheat retired from the Montana Supreme Court at the end of 2017, after serving seven years on the bench. Wheat was appointed by Governor Brian Schweitzer in 2010 to replace the retiring Justice John Warner. In 2014, the people of Montana re-elected Justice Wheat with 59.1% of the vote after a contentious campaign which, at the time, was the most expensive judicial race in state history.
Nick Kirby Brooke, A Tribute to Justice Wheat on the Occasion of His Retirement from the Montana Supreme Court, 79 Mont. L. Rev. 1 (2018).