My name is Bryce Bennett and I’m a fifth generation Montanan who works every day to move our state forward. I spent my childhood in the small agricultural town of Hysham, Montana. Later my family moved to the western side of the state. I finished high school while living in Lolo and graduated from the University of Montana in 2007.
I grew up believing that if you cared about an issue you didn’t just talk about it on the sidelines you got involved. For all of my adult life that is exactly what I have strived to accomplish. When out of state mining companies tried to return the failed practice of cyanide leach mining back to Montana in 2004 I knocked doors in cities across our state to inform voters about the dangers of returning this practice would mean for our rivers, lakes, and streams.
I’m proud to say that in 2006 and 2008 I worked on behalf of candidates who share my belief in well funded classrooms, a clean and healthful environment, and economic opportunity for Montanans young and old. Following this I worked as committee staff at the 2009 legislative session in Helena and became inspired by the process and it’s ability to change people’s lives for the better if done right.
I currently work for a non-profit organization in Missoula called Forward Montana, an organization I helped found in 2004 as a college student. At Forward Montana, we work to ensure that young Montanans are engaged in the political process. Too often young people feel apathetic or simply disenfranchised by the state of politics in our country. I am proud of the work we have done to register thousands upon thousands of young people to vote and of the programs we have built to engage more them in their democracy.
Following the 2010 election, I was sworn in as the state representative for House District 92 in the Montana legislature. In my first term in office, I stood up for the issue that voters across the district told me where their top priorities. I supported legislation to properly fund K-12 classrooms and keep college tuition low.
During the budget negotiations, I introduced an amendment to return funding for scholarships for some of Montana’s best students. I co-sponsored legislation to increase our state’s renewable energy production and fought attempts to limit access for hunters, fishers, hikers, and others who enjoy Montana’s public lands. I was also a co-sponsor for legislation that would have brought hundreds of shovel-ready construction jobs to Missoula.
It has been my honor to represent House District 91 and the people that call it home. I am running for re-election to make progress for our state on the issues I hear from people at their doors