Montana Chamber of Commerce is recognizing 27 legislators with its “Champion of Business” award for their work during the 66th Montana Legislature, including Sidney’s Rep. Joel Krautter. Sen. Jeff Welborn of Dillon was named the Montana Chamber’s “Most Valuable Policymaker” (MVP) of the 2019 session.
Champion of Business and MVP designations identify policymakers who stood up for job creation, free enterprise and economic development in 2019.
“Being an advocate for our business community and for policies that promote the growth of good jobs in our state and local economy are priorities of mine as a legislator, so this award means a lot to me,” said Krautter.
To be named a Champion of Business, a legislator must earn a score that meets or exceeds 90 percent in the Montana Chamber’s Voting Review, supported the Montana Chamber’s top six priority bills and sponsored no anti-business legislation.
The full list of legislators recognized includes:
Rep. Fred Anderson, Great Falls
Sen. Duane Ankney, Colstrip
Rep. David Bedey, Hamilton
Rep. Edward Buttrey, Great Falls
Rep. Geraldine Custer, Forsyth
Rep. Julie Dooling, Helena
Rep. Ross Fitzgerald, Fairfield
Sen. Steve Fitzpatrick, Great Falls
Sen. Pat Flowers, Belgrade
Rep. Frank Garner, Kalispell
Sen. Terry Gauthier, Helena
Sen. Bruce Gillespie, Ethridge
Sen. Jen Gross, Billings
Rep. Bruce Grubbs, Bozeman
Rep. Kenneth Holmlund, Miles City
Rep. Mike Hopkins, Missoula
Rep. Llew Jones, Conrad
Rep. Joel Krautter, Sidney
Sen. Nate McConnell, Missoula
Sen. Tom Richmond, Billings
Rep. Walt Sales, Manhattan
Sen. Dan Salomon, Ronan
Sen. Jon Sesso, Butte
Rep. Ray Shaw, Sheridan
Sen. Jason Small, Busby
Sen. Jeff Welborn, Dillon (MVP)
Rep. Tom Welch, Dillon
The chamber’s “Champion of Business” award is the third post-legislative session award Krautter has received. Krautter’s other awards include the Montana Farm Bureau’s “Rookie of the Year” award for the legislator who went above and beyond for Montana agriculture and rural Montana in their first term, and the “Impact” award, given at the Montana Suicide Prevention Conference for Krautter’s work to sponsor and pass legislation to support suicide prevention and mental health care.