“I want to make life better for Montanans—for all of us, our kids, our grandkids, for generations yet to be.”
Corey grew up in Great Falls with his parents Toby and Avis Stapleton and his four siblings. Kymm (Stapleton) Mutch, Todd Stapleton, Rachel (Stapleton) Burner, and Tracy Day. Corey attended Great Falls High School, where he enlisted through deferred entry into the Navy’s Nuclear power program during his junior year. After graduation, Corey attended boot camp in Orlando, Florida and was recognized for his leadership skills. He was nominated by the Secretary of the Navy to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. From there Corey was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where he earned a naval officer’s commission and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in engineering and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Temple University. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and the Aegis cruiser USS Hué City (CG-66), earning numerous awards, qualifications, and commendations before voluntarily resigning his naval commission and returning to Montana in 1997.
Corey married his high school sweetheart Terry and settled in Billings with their four children. Corey owns and operates a small business helping families plan for their financial future. Corey was elected to his first term in the Montana State Senate in 2000 and served his constituents faithfully through 2008. During his time in the Montana Legislature, Corey served as the Senate Majority Whip and eventually the Senate Minority Leader. During his tenure in the Senate, Corey fought diligently to grow Montana’s economy and took the lead in sponsoring legislation to develop Otter Creek Coal, one of the largest and most productive coalfields in the world.
Corey was integral in saving Montana taxpayers millions of dollars by demanding that the state’s government operate more efficiently, including the replacement of a flawed computer system used by the Department of Revenue. In addition, he created the legislative platform ‘Handshake with Montana’, which aimed at lowering property taxes and reducing college tuition for all Montana residents.
During his time in the State Senate, Corey was known as a fiscal hawk. He consistently challenged spending requests and worked to find solutions of sustainability by reducing or eliminating underperforming government programs so all Montanans are now better served by their government.