HELENA — A leading political blogger for the Washington Post recently selected the Pat and Carol Williams family of Missoula as the first family of Montana politics.
Pat Williams is a retired nine-term Democratic congressman who previously was a state legislator from Butte. His wife, Carol, is the minority leader of the Montana Senate and in 2007 was the first woman in Montana history to serve as Senate majority leader.
“The Fix” by the Post’s Chris Cillizza sought readers’ suggestions for the first families of all 50 states and then he came up with a list published last week. Some of the other families selected were the Bushes of Texas and Florida, the Carters of Georgia, the Kennedys of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the Longs of Louisiana, the Tafts of Ohio and the Simpsons of Wyoming.
Cillizza also mentioned Whitney Williams, one of Pat and Carol’s three children, as being “rumored to be a future candidate for office.” Whitney Williams was on the staff of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton and now heads a consulting business called williamsworks.
“I think it’s an honor and interesting, with all the other people they could have mentioned,” said Carol Williams. “Clearly there have been a lot of folks who have been awfully good to us and who have been supporters of us.”