BOZEMAN—Senator Bruce “Butch” Gillespie (SD-9) from Ethridge received the Friend of Farm Bureau Award during Montana Farm Bureau’s Summer Conference June 11-13 in Bozeman. This award is given to the Senator who had the highest overall scores on MFBF’s legislative scorecard and who demonstrated their support of Montana agriculture through their voting record, bill sponsorship and leadership with various committees.

Senator Gillespie brought a lifetime of ranching experience to the 66th Montana Legisla­ture. Despite it being his first term, Senator Gillespie proved to be a key member of the Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Committees. He sponsored legislation beneficial to agriculture and frequently provided valuable insight to his peers. His above perfect score on our Legislative Report Card offers only a fraction of evidence to his incredible devotion to agriculture.

 “Senator Gillespie did an excellent job understanding agriculture and the legislation that affects it,” said MFBF President Hans McPherson. “We congratulate Senator Gillespie on a job well done and look forward to working with him throughout his legislative career.” 

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