About Janet

Janet is currently running in Montana Senate District (SD) 41. This district is currently represented in the Senate by Senator Mary Caferro (who is term limited), and in the House by Janet in House District (HD) 81, and Representative Moffie Funk in HD 82.

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Janet, her husband Jim, and her son Dan at Dan’s college graduation in May 2017

Experience matters at the legislature. Janet has served two terms in the legislature—in 2015 and 2017 (January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018). During both legislative sessions, she served on the House Appropriations Committee, which is in charge of developing the state’s budget. Her interim committee for both of her terms in office is the Environmental Quality Council. In 2017, she sponsored legislation to increase access to pneumococcal vaccines, authorize bonding for street projects, improve the Broadband pay structure for state employees, require bonding for environmental cleanup in Colstrip, Montana, improve boating safety, and more.

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Janet assists with the release of a young Trumpeter Swan in the Blackfoot Valley near Ovando.

Janet has lived in Helena for over 25 years. She is married and has one son, who graduated from Helena High School in June 2013, and from college in May 2017. She is pleased her son has been able to stay in Montana while working in his chosen field (finance) and wants to make sure other young Montanans have the same opportunity.

When she’s not serving as a legislator, Janet works for Montana Audubon, a science-based, citizen conservation organization dedicated to promoting “appreciation, knowledge and conservation of Montana’s native birds, other wildlife, and natural ecosystems to safeguard biological diversity for current and future generations.” As Audubon’s Senior Director of Policy, Janet has coordinated Montana Audubon’s legislative and public policy work on behalf of Montana’s wildlife and wildlife habitat since 1983.

Her work at Audubon has resulted in several awards, including “Conservationist of the Year” from the Montana Environmental Information Center, Montana Wildlife Federation, and Montana Audubon; a 2016 “Lifetime Award for Conservation and Clean Energy Achievement” from the National Wildlife Federation; and a 2013 “Special Achievement Award” from the Montana Native Plant Society.

Before joining Audubon, Janet worked as a ranger and naturalist for Yellowstone and Zion National Parks, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park. She has a degree in biology from the University of Montana.

Among other adventures, Janet has bicycled from Missoula to Denali, Alaska, and from Oregon to the tip of Baja, Mexico. In college, she also spent four months in Churchill, Manitoba, working on a polar bear study.