Corey and his wife Terry, are both fourth generation Montanans who grew up in Great Falls. After more than a decade in the Navy, they’ve made their home in Billings, where you’ll find them at a variety of business, school, church, music, and sporting events with their four children.
Enlisting into the Navy’s nuclear power program out of Great Falls High School in 1986, Corey quickly rose through the ranks and earned an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he graduated with an engineering degree in 1992. Assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), Corey qualified as Officer of the Deck (underway) and Surface Warfare Officer as an Ensign.
Going to night school while stationed at the Philadelphia Naval shipyard, Corey received a master’s degree in political science from Temple University in 1995, before reporting to the Aegis cruiser USS Hue City (CG-66) in Mayport, Florida, as the missile Fire Control Officer. After making three overseas deployments, and a fulfilling navy career, he and Terry returned to Montana in 1997, where Corey began his career as a financial advisor.
Corey was the first Generation X-er elected to the Montana state senate in 2000, and re-elected in 2004 before being term-limited. He ascended quickly into leadership within the Republican caucus. In 2005 he was elected as Chairman of the statewide Legislative Campaign Committee, where he created a statewide campaign platform called “Handshake with Montana”. ‘Handshake’ proved decisive in the 2006 elections against the Democrats’ platform response “Square Deal”. Montana was the only state in America that year where the GOP regained control of a chamber of the legislature – and it happened in both the House and Senate – winning back the House and tying in the senate. Corey served as the minority leader his final legislative session in 2007.
Corey has received numerous leadership awards over his 20 years of public service and 13 years in business. He has been a member of Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and the American Legion. He is the former President of the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind foundation. Corey and his family enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, and all sorts of sporting activities.