Montanans know the value of a hard day’s work. We know that few things are as rewarding as making an honest living for an honest day’s work. As a native Montanan, I’ve seen first-hand the challenges both our businesses and our job seekers face. And as the Labor Commissioner I will work hard to represent both Labor and Industry throughout our state, to ensure workers in our state are able to find and keep a quality job and our Montana businesses can find a skilled workforce to meet their needs.
Growing up in Townsend, MT, I saw first-hand the value of a strong community, where neighbors help neighbors to build a strong community. Still to this day, I carry this sense of community with me every day. I received a strong academic foundation in the public schools of my small town. I received my B.A. in Political Science/History and English from Rocky Mountain College in Billings and my Doctor of Law (J.D.) from the University of Montana School of Law in Missoula. Since that time, I’ve had the privilege to travel and see the great diversity of our state and had the privilege to meet Montanans from all walks of life.
Before Governor Bullock asked me to serve as the Commissioner, I worked as the Chief Legal Counsel and Administrative Counsel for the Department of Labor and Industry. During that time I worked with each division to become familiar with all the programs and services we provide.
Prior to coming to the Department of Labor and Industry I was an Associate Attorney for Luxan and Murfitt law firm. During my time there, I represented a multitude of diverse clients, primarily individuals and small businesses, in civil legal matters as well as government relations.
There is no greater honor than working for the people of Montana, which is why I am incredibly proud of my long history of public service to the state. I started my professional career as a Deputy County Attorney for Lewis and Clark County and then moved on to work at the Montana Department of Justice as the Executive Assistant Attorney General. This job provided an excellent opportunity to learn about state government, management, the legislative process, and the interaction between all three branches of government.
I am excited to work with Governor Bullock to build a stronger Montana. At the Department of Labor and Industry we will do that by living and breathing our core values which are:
- Customer Focus
- Individual Responsibility
- Individual Growth
- Ethics in the Workplace
- Continuous Improvement
It is through these core values that we will be able to deliver the tools necessary to keep Montanan’s safe on the job, connect them to job opportunities, provide a safety net for workers who fall on hard times, support our diverse businesses, and create a greater understanding of employee and employer rights and responsibilities.