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Senator Janet Ellis

Reelect Janet Ellis to the Montana Senate

A message from Janet Ellis:

I am pleased to announce that I am running for reelection to the Montana Senate in SD 41. It has been an honor to serve you since 2015—which has given me the opportunity to work towards making Helena and all Montana an even greater place to live and work.

Helena is my home. I married here. My husband and I raised our son here. Living in a community where there is quality public education, open space, and caring neighbors has been a privilege. I want to ensure families can continue to experience the same quality of life we have been able to over the years.

Over the last 30+ years, I’ve built a reputation of being fair and effective as a citizen advocate for Montana’s habitat, wildlife, and clean water. This experience has increased my effectiveness at the Capitol.

I have now served four sessions as a legislator. During this time, I have been on the budget committees of the legislature (Senate Finance & Claims or House Appropriations), which reviews state programs and develops the state’s budget. This work has included serving as Minority Vice Chair of Senate Finance & Claims in the 2021 Legislature. As part of my duties on the budget, I was assigned to the Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation. This work means I become intimately familiar with the budgets of all the natural resource agencies (Departments of Agriculture, Livestock, Environmental Quality, Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and Natural Resources & Conservation) and the Dept. of Transportation.

In 2021-2022, my interim committee work spans 7 committees: Legislative Finance (which oversees the state budget), Energy & Telecommunications, State Administration and Veterans Affairs (which I chair), American Rescue Plan Act Communications Commission (which oversees broadband internet installation with federal stimulus money), Interim Budget Committee for Section C (which oversees the budgets for all natural resource agencies and the Dept. of Transportation), Montana Modernization & Risk Assessment (MARA)(which looks into the future and tries to anticipate changes Montana may be facing), and the Upper Columbia Conservation Council (which oversees aquatic invasive species west of the divide).

I ran for the legislature to be an effective advocate for the values Helenans care about: quality education, access to healthcare, assuring fair and open elections, protecting the environment, and improving the economy.

NOTE: this website is maintained by friends and supporters of Janet Ellis in her run for SD 41.