by Q2 News
Former U.S. Sen. John Walsh has been appointed the state director of the USDA Rural Development agency in Montana.
An agency spokesman in Washington D.C. confirmed the appointment Thursday afternoon. Walsh's appointment becomes effective Feb. 8.
Walsh is a combat veteran of Iraq who served as the Adjunct General of Montana's National Guard between 2008 and 2012.
Walsh then served as Bullock's Lt. Gov. in 2013 and 2014 until he was appointed by Bullock to the Senate to serve the remaining term of Max Baucus, who took an appointment as the U.S. Ambassador to China. Walsh had already declared his intention to run for the seat when he was appointed by Bullock.
But Walsh's campaign stumbled then collapsed when reports surfaced that he had plagiarized a paper he submitted to the War College. He dropped out of the race in August, 2014.