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Governor, First Lady to donate residence to the State of Montana

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte and First Lady Susan Gianforte today announced their private purchase of the historic Samuel T. Hauser House, which they will donate to the State of Montana. The home will serve as their primary residence in Helena.

“Susan and I are fortunate to have achieved the American dream, and with that, we believe we have an obligation to give back. To whom much is given, much is expected,” Gov. Gianforte said. “We purchased the beautiful and historic Hauser House to call our home here in Helena, and to provide a space for the people of Montana to come together. Following my service, we will donate this home to the State and the people of Montana.”

The historic Hauser House was built in 1885 by entrepreneur and territorial governor, Samuel T. Hauser. The house, which predates Montana statehood, has been home to former Governor Tim Babcock.

The governor and first lady privately purchased the home for $4 million last week and will offer the home as a gift to the State of Montana.

While the State will ultimately decide its purpose, the governor is committed to ensuring future First Families have a governor’s residence that is in good repair, safe, healthy, and family-friendly, all while ensuring the state is a good steward of taxpayer resources.

Background:

  • In 2021, Governor and First Lady Gianforte moved out of the Montana Governor’s Residence located at 2 N. Carson Street at the recommendation of the Montana Department of Administration, which maintains the home.
  • Due to inflation, supply chain shortages and delays, and the low availability of skilled labor, the Montana Department of Administration paused repairs on the Montana Governor’s Residence.

Press release provided by the Governor’s office

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