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Government Relations Committee Mission

  • To review legislation and establish positions for MBA during the legislative sessions.
  • To provide technical assistance for legislative committee hearings and governmental regulation hearings.
  • To serve as a liaison with state governmental officials and legislators in Helena.
  • To review regulations adopted by state regulatory agencies, e.g. Dept. of Commerce, Dept. of Revenue, Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation, et al.
  • To Support MBA Lobbyists during the legislative session and to appear at committee hearings as requested.
  • To review and recommend positions on federal legislation to Board.

Government Relations Committee


Rex Phipps, President/CEO                    Tel: 406/557-2201

     Garfield County Bank                         Fax: 406/557-2204

     P.O. Box 6                                                                    

    Jordan, MT  59337


Don Bennett, President                                       Tel: 406/892-1776

     Freedom Bank                                                 Fax: 406/892-6620

     530 9th St. W                                         

     Columbia Falls, MT 59912


Bill Bickle, Chief Credit Officer                          Tel: 406/234-8420

     Stockman Bank of Montana                          Fax: 406/234-8419

     PO Box 250                                          

     Miles City, MT 59301


Kevin Clark, VP, Comm Loan Officer II.            Tel: 406/454-6200

     First Interstate BancSystem, Inc.                   Fax: 406/771-7331

     PO Box 30918                                     

     Billings, MT 59116


Ed Garding                                                               Tel: 406/255-5378

     First Interstate BancSystem, Inc.                  Fax: 406/255-5350

     PO Box 30918                                    

     Billings, MT 59116


Harlan Levy, SVP/NW Region State/Local        Tel: 503/729-3459

GR Director

     Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.   

     Portland, OR


Stacie Holden, Esq., Vice President                    Tel: 612/303-7813

     U.S. Bancorp                                                      Fax: 612/303-0788

     800 Nicollet Mall,                


     Minneapolis, MN 55402


Kirk Jensen                                                              Tel: 406/255-5304

     First Interstate BancSystem, Inc.                                  Fax: 406/

     PO Box 30918                                   

     Billings, MT 59116


Tom Perrick                                                                                      Tel:

     JP Morgan Chase                                                                        Fax:

     888SW 5th Ave. 3415 

     Portland, OR 97204

Staff:  Steve Turkiewicz, CAE, Pres/CEO         Tel: 406/443-4121

     1 N Last Chance Gulch, Suite 4                     Tel: 800/541-5126

     Helena, MT 59601                                             Fax 406/443-7850

Aimee Grmoljez

900 N. Last Chance Gulch, Ste. 200                   Tel 406-449-4165

P.O. Box 797                                                          FAX 406-449-5149

Helena, MT 59624-0797 

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