Representative Kenneth Walsh, HD 71, Twin Bridges, received the 2021 Rookie of the Year Award from Montana Farm Bureau during the organization’s summer conference June 7-9 in Great Falls. This award is given to a freshman legislator who went above and beyond in learning the legislative process and doing his best to serve agriculture and rural Montana.

“Representative Walsh has been engaged and motivated since he decided to run for office. He first came to the MFBF Campaign School in March 2020 where Farm Bureau began its friendship with him,” said MFBF President Hans McPherson. “As a banker and rancher, he is a great representative of agriculture at the Capitol.”

Rep. Walsh spent his first session serving on the House Agriculture Committee, House Natural Resources Committee and House State Administration Committee. This session he sponsored many bills that MFBF supported, including HB 94 which expands loan types in the Montana Farmer Loan Repayment Assistant Program. This bill is important to help students get back to the farm or ranch. 

“We look forward to seeing Rep. Walsh’s future in the Montana Legislature,” McPherson concluded.