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Ex-U.S. Attorney Candidate Engaged to Baucus
By Andrew Ramonas | January 3, 2022 3:04 pm

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) intends to marry his live-in girlfriend and former contender for Montana U.S. Attorney this summer, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Melodee Hanes (Photo by Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice)

Baucus and Melodee Hanes were engaged over Christmas in Montana.  In 2009, Hanes withdrew as a candidate for U.S. Attorney over conflict of interest concerns. Michael Cotter, whom Baucus also recommended for U.S. Attorney, was ultimately appointed to the post in December 2009.

Hanes is now the acting Deputy Administrator for Policy in the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, an arm of the DOJ that supports research, training and programs for juvenile justice programs throughout the United States. She received the political appointment in OJP in June 2009, a few months after she took herself out of the running for U.S. Attorney.

The former U.S. Attorney candidate previously served as a Baucus staffer and state prosecutor.

Baucus and Hanes entered into their relationship in the summer of 2008, the same year the senator separated from his second wife, Wanda. The senator and his second wife, who were married for 25 years, announced their divorce in April 2009.

Hanes also had a previous marriage. She and her ex-husband, Thomas Bennett, divorced in December 2008.



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