The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission seeks volunteers to serve as the presiding officer for the panel charged with drawing the boundaries of congressional and legislative districts.
Applications are due by 12 p.m. Thursday, May 9. Applicants must include contact information, a resume, and a brief description of their desire to preside over the commission.
Applications are preferred via email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are also accepted by mail or fax at:
Montana Legislative Services Division
PO Box 201706
Helena, MT 59620-1706
The commission consists of five members. Four are appointed by the majority and minority leaders of the state Senate and the House of Representatives. Those four members must select a fifth member by the end of the day on May 14. If they are unable to do so, the Supreme Court will select the fifth member, who automatically becomes the presiding officer. The fifth member must be a citizen who is not a public official.
The commissioners meet May 13 at 3 p.m. at the State Capitol in Helena to discuss candidates.
The four members selected by legislative leaders in the Montana Senate and House are:
- Jeff Essmann, appointed by Senate Majority Leader Fred Thomas;
- Joe Lamson, appointed by Senator Minority Leader Jon Sesso;
- Dan Stusek, appointed by House Majority Leader Brad Tschida; and
- Kendra Miller, appointed by House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner.
Once the fifth member is selected, the commission largely waits for the results of the 2020 Census, which will be released in early 2021. If Montana gains another congressional seat, the commission will meet to divide the state into two districts. After that, the commission will meet regularly in Helena and around the state through 2022 as it draws legislative districts. The commission will present the final plan to the Montana Legislature in January 2023.
For more information about the presiding officer solicitation, contact commission staff, Joe Kolman at email@example.com or 406-444-3747.
An agenda for the meeting is on the commission website. The meeting is open to the public and will also be streamed live at leg.mt.gov.
For emailed updates about the commission’s future meetings, sign up at leg.mt.gov/lyris-list/
Commission website: leg.mt.gov/districting/2020-commission/