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USU Alum Art Wittich Joins Montana State Senate

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

USU alum Art Wittich
USU alum Art Wittich '82, who earned a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and economics, was recently elected to the Montana State Senate.

Utah State University alum Art Wittich ’82 says his new role as a Montana state senator reminds him of his undergraduate days.


“There’s a meeting a minute and the learning curve is steep — like some of my classes in the College of Natural Resources,” he says.


Wittich, who earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and economics, says his best memories of USU involve his faculty mentors.


“I had professors who went above and beyond to connect with students,” he says. “They treated us like adults — even when we acted like kids.”


The Republican legislator was elected to the senate for the first time this past November. A 1985 graduate of the University of Montana School of Law, he heads Wittich Law Firm in Bozeman, a busy practice of five attorneys.


“Some have asked why I would take time away from managing a successful law firm serving clients,” Wittich says. “Simply stated, serving the public is central to good citizenship. And as an attorney, I understand the legislative process and work well with people.”


Wittich serves as vice chair of the senate’s Local Government committee and is also assigned to the Fish and Game and Taxation committees.


He says key issues currently facing Montanans include balancing the state budget during a recession and balancing private rights and liberties with the public good.


“To me, good government is limited government that respects everyone’s rights and properties,” Wittich says. “I support accountability in government spending and promoting private sector prosperity by adding value to our resources.”


Wittich served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1975 to 1979 and was as a forest firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management from 1980 to 1983. Prior to starting his own legal practice, he was employed as counsel for the Montana Power Company and for former Montana Gov. Stan Stephens. He practiced environmental law for the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C. from 1992 to 1994.


Related link:

USU College of Natural Resources


Contact: Sen. Art Wittich, senatorwittich@montana.com

Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517, maryann.muffoletto@usu.edu

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