Mobile Menu - OpenMobile Menu - Closed

Gianforte Wraps up Listening Tour of Montana’s 56 Counties

September 5, 2017
Press Release
Travels Over 3,700 Miles

Bozeman, Mont. – Congressman Greg Gianforte recently completed a listening tour which covered all of Montana’s 56 counties. Montana’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gianforte began his tour shortly after his election and met with constituents in every county by the end of August. Gianforte logged more than 3,700 miles as he crisscrossed the state.

Congressman Gianforte has made it a priority to travel the state, visit with Montanans, and take their thoughts and concerns with him to Washington. “It’s such an honor to represent Montanans in Congress,” said Gianforte. “I am committed to being a strong voice for them in Washington. There’s no better way to do that than to meet Montanans in our communities: where we live, work, and raise our families.”

After being sworn into office in mid-June, Gianforte began scheduling meetings across the state to visit with constituents. Gianforte met with community leaders, farmers, ranchers, military leaders, veterans, small business owners, workers, health care practitioners, tribal leaders, miners, foresters, and law enforcement officials.

Gianforte’s meetings covered a range of issues as diverse as Montana’s landscapes. They discussed agriculture, drought conditions, infrastructure, mining, energy, tribal matters, health care, timber, law enforcement, public lands, recreation, veterans, national defense, and small business. “I listened as people talked about issues that are important to them,” Gianforte stated. “I walked away from each conversation with something to bring with me to Washington.”

Fires were a substantial focus of Gianforte’s meetings. He met with firefighters, members of the community, and incident commanders at five different fires across the state this summer.

“I commend the efforts of our firefighters under these difficult circumstances, and I am committed to working for common sense forest management reforms that will mitigate the threat of disastrous forest fires,” said Gianforte.

When asked what Congressman Gianforte hears most often from Montanans, one common theme stands out – federal overreach. “Montanans have been clear. They worry that the reach of the federal government has grown too great. Unnecessary and burdensome federal regulations stand in their way and threaten their livelihoods. I will continue working to protect our way of life from federal overreach,” Gianforte vowed.

Gianforte reflected on what he took away from the listening tour: “There is a great sense of independence in Montana. Folks are committed to their families and communities.”

When asked what’s next, Gianforte responded, “Going back to Washington in September and serving as a strong voice for Montana.” He paused, laughed, and continued, “And getting back to Montana to log more miles and meet more folks.

By the Numbers
3,720 - Miles traveled across Montana
65 - Number of days from being sworn in to represent Montana in Congress to final stop of tour
56 - Counties visited, from Beaverhead to Yellowstone
5 - Site visits with wildfire incident commanders

Events by County
Beaverhead County
Dillon – Met with Barretts Minerals leadership and toured facility

Blaine County
Chinook – Met with city officials and toured water treatment plant

Big Horn County
Hardin – Toured Big Horn County Memorial Hospital and met with administrators and providers

Broadwater County
Townsend – Discussed forest management with RY Timber leadership and toured mill

Carbon County
Roscoe – Visited East Rosebud Creek site and held discussion with Friends of East Rosebud

Carter County
Ekalaka - Met with county commissioners, sheriff and members of the community

Cascade County
Great Falls – Met with Malmstrom Air Force Base leadership and toured base

Chouteau County
Big Sandy – Discussed small business with Big Sandy Organics and toured facility

Custer County
Miles City – Held roundtable forum with Ft Keogh ARS researchers

Daniels County
Scobey – Discussed border security and trade with Scobey Port officials and toured facility

Dawson County
Intake – Discussed Intake Fish Channel Construction Project with local officials and members of the community

Deer Lodge County
Anaconda – Discussed health care with Community Hospital of Anaconda leadership and toured construction site of new hospice center

Fallon County
Baker – Discussed small businesses with local Chamber leadership and toured Baker Lake restoration project

Fergus County
Lewistown – Discussed manufacturing with Allied Steel leadership and toured facility

Flathead County
Kalispell – Met with constituents during and after Fourth of July Celebration

Gallatin County
Bozeman – Discussed high-tech industry with FLIR Systems, Inc. leadership and toured facility

Garfield County
Sand Springs – Attended fire briefing at Lodgepole Complex Fire Incident Command

Glacier County
Browning – Met with members of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council

Golden Valley County
Ryegate – Met with county commissioners and sheriff

Granite County
Philipsburg – Toured Philipsburg Brewery and met with local business leaders as well as members of the community

Hill County
Box Elder – Met with local farmers

Jefferson County
Clancy – Discussed timber management with Marks Miller Post and Pole and toured facility

Judith Basin County
Stanford – Discussed Rocky Mountain Front Grizzly delisting with Surprise Creek Colony leadership

Lake County
Arlee – Met with CSKT Leadership and members of the community at Arlee Celebration

Lewis and Clark County
Lincoln – Attended fire briefing at Park Creek Fire Incident Command

Liberty County
Chester – Discussed agriculture and trade with EGT leadership and toured facility

Lincoln County
Libby – Discussed natural resource development with Hecla Mining leadership

Madison County
Ennis – Went on a field tour with members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team

McCone County
Circle – Discussed agriculture and trade with CHS Farmers Elevator leadership and toured facility

Meagher County
Martinsdale – Discussed Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Project with community

Mineral County
St. Regis – Discussed timber management with Tricon Lumber leadership and toured facility

Missoula County
Missoula – Discussed forest fire resources with Neptune Aviation leadership and toured facility

Musselshell County
Roundup – Discussed natural resource management and trade with Signal Peak Energy leadership and toured plant; attended fire briefing with Bruner Mountain Fire Incident Command

Park County
Livingston – Discussed small business issues with members of the Livingston Chamber of Commerce as well as local outfitters

Petroleum County
Winnett – Met with county commissioners and members of the community

Phillips County
Zortman – Attended fire briefing at July Fire Incident Command

Pondera County
Conrad – Discussed agriculture with Farm Bureau leadership and members of the community

Powder River County
Broadus - Met with leaders and members of Tongue River Electric Cooperative and delivered keynote speech at summer convention

Powell County
Deer Lodge – Attended the Big Sky Draft Horse Expo and met with members of the community

Prairie County
Terry – Met with county commissioners and members of the community

Ravalli County
Darby – Met with leaders of Trapper Creek Jobs Corps as well as students

Richland County
Sidney – Discussed agriculture and drought with Montana-Dakota Beet Growers Association leadership

Rosebud County
Colstrip – Discussed natural resource development with Colstrip United members

Roosevelt County
Wolf Point – Met with Assiniboine & Sioux leadership and toured Ft. Peck water treatment facility

Sanders County
Thompson Falls – Discussed drug trafficking with sheriff

Sheridan County
Plentywood – Discussed local issues with county commissioners, mayor, and hospital leadership

Silver Bow County
Butte – Discussed natural resource development with Montana Resources leadership and toured mine

Stillwater County
Columbus – Discussed natural resource development with Stillwater Mine leadership and toured plant

Sweetgrass County
Big Timber – Discussed manufacturing with C. Sharps Arms Company leadership and toured facility

Treasure County
Hysham – Met with county commissioners and members of the community

Teton County
Fairfield – Discussed energy issues with Sun River Electric Cooperative leadership

Toole County
Shelby – Met with county commissioners and city officials

Valley County
Glasgow – Conducted drought roundtable with local ag producers

Wheatland County
Judith Gap – Discussed energy issues with Judith Gap Wind Farm leadership and toured facility

Wibaux County
Wibaux – Discussed small business with Beaver Creek Brewery owners and toured facility

Yellowstone County
Billings – Met with veterans and delivered a keynote address at the Montana VFW Convention