Franke Wilmer for Senate District 32 Latest Campaign News & Updates
EMILY's List and CAROL's List Endorse Franke Wilmer for Senate District 32
WASHINGTON, D.C. and HELENA, MT EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, has endorsed Franke Wilmer for Senate District 32, which spans the area from MSU west on College St. and Huffine Lane to Four Corners, down into the canyon including Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky, and West Yellowstone. Earlier, Wilmer was endorsed by the newly formed Carol's List -- a Montana organization that supports women in politics, named after Senator Carol Williams who served 8 years in the Montana state senate was both majority and minority leader during that time.
"Franke Wilmer has strong roots in Montana and a history of standing up for her community," said Denise Feriozzi, EMILY's List Political Director. "Franke is a fierce advocate for women, the environment, and bringing jobs to hardworking Montana families. The EMILY's List community now more than three million members strong is excited to support her candidacy."
Franke Wilmer has lived in Bozeman and taught at MSU for 20 years, where she is a full professor. She was one of the founding members of the Gallatin Valley Human Rights Task Force. From 2001-2005, she served as Department Head in Political Science and from 2005-2007, she Chaired the Montana Human Rights Commission.
In 2006, she ran for and won a seat in the Montana House of Representatives. She ran and won again in 2008, 2010 and 2012. She has served as Speaker Pro Tempore in the 2011 session, on the Environmental Quality Council, the Governor's Financial Capital Advisory Council, and as legislative liaison to the Montana Board of Investments. She has served four terms on the State Administration and Veterans Affairs and House Education Committees. She was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Montana Chapter, in 2011. In the 2013 session, she was vice-chair of House Fish, Wildlife and Parks committee. All of the bills Franke has passed have had bipartisan support in both houses.