Roger Koopman, Commissioner
Born in 1949, Roger has lived in Bozeman, Montana, since 1977. Married to Ann for 44 years, the Koopmans have four children and eight grandchildren.
Roger graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (BGS), geology emphasis. He subsequently served for four years in Washington, DC, in the congressional offices of Steve Symms (R-Idaho) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) as press secretary and chief of staff. Following Paul’s election defeat, Roger became a staff writer for the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, and subsequently moved to Montana to serve as National Rifle Association field representative in a four-state area.
In 1980, Roger started Career Concepts, a full service private employment agency, specializing in career development, business consulting, permanent job placement and temporary staffing. The company has assisted over 500 local businesses and provided more than 10,000 job-seekers with gainful employment. After operating the agency for 37 years, he sold it in 2016.
In 2009, Roger became an associate of Compass Advisors, a local mergers and acquisitions firm that assists business owners with valuations, exit planning and business sales, and functions as a seller or buyer side intermediary in individual, corporate and private equity firm acquisitions. He continued with the firm for four years.
Roger has also been an active freelance writer and radio talk show host. He has published in numerous national magazines, was a columnist for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle for five years and for the Business to Business journal for six years. Roger has founded several citizens organizations and has served in leadership roles for many others, including: director and VP, Montana Shooting Sports Assn., chairman, NFIB Guardian Council, NFIB federal liaison, policy analyst, Montanans for Better Government, and president, Private Employment Association of Montana.
Roger was elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 2004 from House District 70, and re-elected in 2006. He served on the House Judiciary Committee, House Education Committee (vice chair) and House Fish and Game Committee. Roger was known for his innovative, free market-oriented legislation and his passionate defense of taxpayer rights, individual freedom, economic prosperity, and transparent, constitutional government.
He was appointed by the governor to serve on the Montana Economic Development Advisory Council, was recognized by Eagle Forum as the Outstanding Legislator of the year and by the National Federation of Independent Business as Montana’s Small Business Champion of the Year.
Roger is an avid outdoorsman, with bass and trout fishing, big game hunting, handloading, hiking, camping, photography and rock hounding among his favorite pursuits. He has also enjoyed playing a number of roles in community theater, is (he says) a credible singer, and makes largely unsubstantiated claims to being a “great cook.” His “Koopman’s Constitutional Chili” did win a blue ribbon once. He is happy to give the recipe to anyone who dares try it.
Roger was first elected to the Public Service Commission in 2012, representing the 14 counties that compose PSC District 3 in Southwestern Montana. As the first republican ever elected in that district, he won re-election in 2016.
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Roger’s statement on serving as a Montana Public Service Commissioner:
"Serving as a PSC commissioner is a great honor and an awesome responsibility. This is an especially exciting time to be joining the commission, partly because of the critical issues we have before us, and partly because the make-up of the new commission is so strongly represented by small business people and entrepreneurs who by nature, are used to being visionary and pro-active. What the people of Montana will likely see is a Public Service Commission that truly gets down to business, is less political and more professional. A commission that is not afraid to ask tough questions, navigate new directions and test fresh ideas. A commission that will be highly aggressive in defending the best interests of Montana ratepayers, which in turn will strengthen our economy and improve our state's future for everyone. That's the essential mission we have before us on the PSC, and we have a wonderful blend of skills and experience among the commissioners and the PSC staff, that I believe are very much up to the task!"