Steve Gibson, Republican
Address: 2665 Stagecoach; East Helena, MT 59635
Contact info: 406-439-2203
Facebook: Steve Gibson for House District 84
Education: B.A.; Criminal Justice
Occupation: Retired 2010 after 37 years of public service in Montana, working in Corrections, Public Health and Education
Relevant Experience: Prior to 2010 I presented policies and budgets to the Montana Legislature for over 20 years. I managed budgets of over $20 million and was responsible for 200 employees. I helped reduce the budget of my division by $4 million over 9 years saving the taxpayers money.
In 2011, as a freshman legislator, I was Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Corrections, Justice Judiciary, Public Health and PSC. In the 2013 session, I chaired the same committee and was also Vice Chair of Appropriations.
I have served on numerous boards, local and state, including:
Governor’s K – 12 Renewal Commission
Special Education Advisory Commission
East Helena School Foundation (a founding member)
Montana Youth Justice Council
Montana Mental Health System of Care Planning Committee
Why are you running for this office?
After 40 years of public service as an employee and a legislator, I want to continue to serve the people of Montana. Solutions to our many challenges must put people first before politics and special interests, and assure Montana remains the last best place for our children and grandchildren.
What do you hope to accomplish in this office?
i) The number one priority facing the next Legislature will be passing a bill addressing the infrastructure needs of the state. The bill needs to address public safety issues and will provide hundreds of good paying jobs without increasing taxes.
ii) Address the rising costs of health care for all Montanans, including our hardworking middle class and our retirees.
iii) We must continue to provide essential government services to those who need them. With a projected ending balance of $120 million, we must work toward bi-partisan solutions that are fiscally sound and will work without raising taxes.
Why should people vote for you?
In the 2011 session, I worked with many people to pass an infrastructure bill that resulted in over a thousand good paying jobs. We accomplished this without increasing taxes or adding to the debt.
In 2013, I sponsored six bills, five of which passed with strong bi-partisan support. A couple of examples: H.B. 11 – TSEP, which provided over $50 million in grants to local communities for infrastructure projects including water, sewer and bridges. We did this without increasing taxes. The bill passed 140 to 10. I sponsored the bill to help fix the fiscally unsound Highway Patrol Retirement System without increasing taxes or adding dollars to the general fund. The bill passed 145 to 3.
My knowledge and experience with the legislative process, appropriations, and budgets prepares me to work effectively for Montanans; and I have a proven record of having the ability to solve problems and to get things done. As a former citizen legislator I understand that I work for you. It would be a privilege and an honor to serve you for a third term.
-- These written responses were provided by the candidate.