Global Conference 2010
Governor, State of Montana
Brian Schweitzer is the Governor of Montana. First elected in 2005, the farmer/rancher is known for his forward-looking energy policies and the global perspective he brings to his job, having worked for a decade as a young man in agricultural projects in the developing world. He returned to Montana in 1986 and became active in farm and rural policy. The governor has become a leading voice on national agricultural and resource issues, and a proponent of increased domestic production of clean energy and biofuels to replace foreign oil. Schweitzer recently asked the federal government for a Medicaid waiver to allow importation of prescription drugs to Montana from Canada for Montanans on Medicaid, Healthy Montana Kids, the state employees' health plan and those covered in the correctional system. Schweitzer was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2008, garnering a near record 66 percent of the vote. He holds an advanced degree in soil sciences from Montana State University.