Over the past four legislative sessions, I have been shuttling my son to and from meetings and committee hearings with legislators here in Billings and at our Capitol in Helena. Through this process, I sat in the background and observed legislators from all across the state as they prepared to serve us in the Legislature and during their day-to-day activities once they arrived. It was through all these years that I witnessed the work ethic and character of most of Montana’s citizen legislators. They truly do represent a cross section of the citizenry of Montana.
There were times I am sure that I voiced an audible gasp from the balcony as I witnessed the behavior and discussion of the legislators below. Fortunately, just like Montanans, most are exceptional. The sincerity of this group of legislators is evident in their dedication to their electorates and their office.
Sen. Roy Brown has always been in the exceptional category, both as a representative and a senator. Two items impressed me the most with Brown: (1) the respect he had from other legislators, regardless of party affiliation, and (2) the consistency of his character in handling controversial issues and heated debates. He stands true to the platform on which he won his seat with the legislation he supports and on the committees he serves. Brown deserves another opportunity to serve us, and we deserve the quality representation he provides.
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