Montana onAir

The Montana onAir Hub supports Montanans to become more informed about and engaged in local, state, and federal politics while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow citizens.

  • Montana onAir is one of 50 state governance and elections hubs that the US onAir Network is providing to help reinvigorate US democracy.  This post has short summaries of current state and federal representatives with links to their complete Hub posts.  Students curate post content from government, campaign, social media, and public websites.  Key content on the Montana Hub is also replicated on the US onAir nations Hub at:
  • Montana will be forming onAir chapters in their colleges and universities to help curate Hub content.  As more students participate and more onAir chapters are started, we will expand to include more state and local content as well as increase the number of aircasts – student-led, livestreamed, online discussions with candidates, representatives, and the public.

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Greg Gianforte – MT

Current Position: Governor since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: US Representative from 2017 – 2021

In 1997, Gianforte and his wife, Susan, co-founded RightNow Technologies, a customer relationship management software company. The company went public in 2004; by that time, it employed over 1,000 workers. RightNow Technologies was acquired by Oracle Corporation for $1.5 billion in 2011.

Gianforte began his career in 1983 at Bell Laboratories, working in product acquisition. Gianforte then co-found Brightwork Development Inc., a developer of server-based LAN management software for the banking industry.  He and his partners sold the company to McAfee Associates for $10 million in 1994. Gianforte then began working for McAfee as head of North American sales. In 1995, he moved to Bozeman, Montana.

Gianforte campaigned on getting Montana’s economy going again, getting Montana safely open for business, and getting Montanans back to work in good-paying jobs. He also focused on changing the way Helena and state government do business to better serve Montanans (from website).

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte Signs 3 Landmark Pro-Life Bills

OnAir Post: Greg Gianforte – MT

MT Legislature

The Montana State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Montana. It is composed of the 100-member Montana House of Representatives and the 50-member Montana Senate.

The Montana Constitution dictates that the legislature meet in regular session for no longer than 90 days in each odd-numbered year.[1] The primary work of the legislature is to pass a balanced biennial budget which must then be approved by the Governor. If the Governor vetoes a bill, the legislature may override the veto by a two-thirds vote.

The Montana State Legislature meets in the state capitol in Helena.

Source: Wikipedia

OnAir Post: MT Legislature

Jon Tester – MT

Current Position: US Senator since 2007
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position: State Senator from 1996 – 2006
Other Positions:   Chair, Defense Subcommittee -Appropriations Committee

In 1978, Tester graduated from the University of Providence with a B.A. in music. Tester  worked for two years as a music teacher in the Big Sandy School District before returning to his family’s farm and custom butcher shop. He and his wife continue to operate the farm; in the 1980s, they switched from conventional to organic farming.

Tester spent five years as chairman of the Big Sandy School Board of Trustees and was also on the Big Sandy Soil Conservation Service (SCS) Committee and the Chouteau County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) Committee.

Jon believes in holding himself accountable to the highest standards possible, and he has improved transparency at all levels of government.  In fact, Jon was the first senator to post his daily public schedule online (from website).

Shutdown a symptom of Washington dysfunction

OnAir Post: Jon Tester – MT

Steve Daines – MT

Current Position: US Senator since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: US Representative for At-Large member from 2012 – 2020
Committees: Finance;  Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee;  Energy and Natural Resources; Indian Affairs

Before entering politics, he held positions at Procter & Gamble and the Montana-based software service RightNow Technologies. He was Roy Brown’s running mate in the 2008 Montana gubernatorial election.

In the U.S. Senate, Daines is working on issues of critical importance to growing good-paying Montana jobs, developing our state’s energy resources, managing and protecting our public lands and supporting the needs of Montana’s veterans and tribes.

Steve Daines sounds the alarm on cartels bringing meth across southern border

OnAir Post: Steve Daines – MT

Montana Votes in 2024

Federal & state elections on the ballot: US House member, and State Senate and House members

Ballot measures:

The Montana Division of Election & Voter Services, part of the Secretary of State, oversees all Montana elections.

OnAir Post: Montana Votes in 2024

Montana Collaborators

The US onAir Network will be working with volunteers from Montana universities, colleges, and nonprofit organizations to oversee the curation and moderation of posts, aircasts (online discussions), and in person events for the Montana onAir Hub …  related to federal, state, and local elections and government.

Our first outreach will be to University of Montana partly because of its proximity to the state capital. We have identified many of University of Montana’s civic engagement, academic, internship and research programs related to making democracy and civic responsibility a focus of higher learning on their campus … for students, faculty, staff, and local community. This post, over time, will have similar information on other collaborating organizations in the state.

Contact for more information on how to involve your organization.

About Montana

Montana is a state in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States. It is bordered by Idaho to the west; North Dakota and South Dakota to the east; Wyoming to the south; and by the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan to the north.

It is the fourth-largest state by area, the seventh-least populous state, and the third-least densely populated state. The western half of Montana contains numerous mountain ranges, while the eastern half is characterized by western prairie terrain and badlands, with more (albeit smaller) mountain ranges found throughout the state. In all, 77 named ranges are part of the Rocky Mountains.

OnAir Post: About Montana

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