Governor, State of Montana
Brian Schweitzer is a farmer, rancher and the governor of Montana, an office he has held since 2005. As a young agronomist with an advanced degree in soil sciences, he went overseas and worked for a decade to bring U.S. agricultural methods to the developing world. In Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, and during seven years in Saudi Arabia, he oversaw large-scale irrigation projects and the construction of several of the world's largest dairies. Schweitzer has become a leading voice on national energy issues, particularly as they relate to domestic production of clean energy and fuels to replace foreign oil. Under his leadership, Montana's government has reduced its energy use by 20 percent, and the state has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in wind power growth. It is also the fastest-growing state in oil production and coal production. Montana has developed more new electrical generation capacity since Schweitzer took office than in the previous 20 years combined.