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JAMES BROWN, CHAIRMAN Calendar (406) 444-6167

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James Brown was elected to the Public Service Commission in 2020, representing the 14 counties that compose PSC District 3 in Southwestern Montana. James feels it is both an honor and a privilege to represent the people of the State of Montana and James pledges to advocate on behalf of Montana’s hard-working families. 

A Dillon native, James is a 4th Generation Montanan. In the 19th Century, James’ great grandfather homesteaded in the Grasshopper Valley located in Beaverhead County. James’ grandfather, Jack Brown, developed the Elkhorn Hot Springs and Lodge located near Polaris.

James is a member of the Beaverhead County High School Class of 1989.James is also a graduate of the University of Montana – Missoula – with a double major in Political Science and History and a minor in Spanish. After college, James worked in six years in Washington D.C. in the congressional offices of Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT), Senator Chuck Hagel (R-MT), and Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL) as a policy aide and Legislative Director.

Following his time in the Nation’s capital, James attended law school at the Seattle University School of Law, earning his J.D. in 2004.He then obtained a Master’s in Tax Law from the University of Washington Seattle in 2005 while clerking for Gerry Alexander, Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court. Brown returned home to Montana in 2006 to care for his ailing parent, and thereafter began working for the Doney Law Firm of Helena and Dillon, Montana.

In 2012, James started his own law firm, the James Brown Law Office. Brown presently has offices located in Helena and Dillon, where he represents the interests of agriculture producers and business owners while also working to protect the constitutional rights of every day Montanans. James is licensed to practice law in the States of Washington and Montana. He also has a Montana insurance producers license.

James is an avid outdoorsman, with hiking, camping, fishing, and mountaineering being among his favorite pursuits. James also enjoys international travel, reading, and baseball.

 


Randy Pinocci, Commissioner  Calendar (406) 444-6166

Randy Pinocci

Randy Pinocci was elected to serve on the Public Service Commission in 2018. District 1 encompasses 19 counties-the largest number of counties and the most square miles of any PSC district.

Prior to being elected to the PSC, Randy Pinocci was a small business owner while working full time in the printing business for over 32 years, specializing in political direct mail. He also has served as a statewide director for former United States Senator Conrad Burns, chair of the Second Amendment Committee for the Republican Party (the first of its kind in the United States, set up by former NRA President Charlton Heston). Pinocci also served in 2015 as a member of the Montana State House of Representatives. He served as a longtime member of the Board of Directors for the Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA). During that time, he assisted in introducing and passing pro-gun laws in Montana. MSSA has passed more pro-gun law than any other state organization in United States history.

As a state legislator, Randy Pinocci championed issues such as welfare reform and expanding access to transportation services by passing a law to allow Uber to operate in Montana. Pinocci was successful in getting one of his bills signed into law that helped the real estate industry right here in Montana, an unusual accomplishment for a freshman legislator. He was known for being a citizen-first legislator crisscrossing his district regularly to meet with constituents and business owners to get their input on issues and legislation. As a Public Service Commissioner, Randy is committed to maintaining an aggressive schedule to raise awareness about the issues facing rate payers and engage citizens in utility matters. As a father, Randy is also passionate about safety. Randy has been outspoken on the issue of railroad safety and creating public awareness about the dangers of people walking on railroad tracks with earphones on. This has been a concern he has heard about from parents across his district.

While serving as a commissioner, Randy is committed to a market-based approach to safe, reliable, and affordable utility infrastructure. The issues that the PSC governs are often complex, but his favorite part of this role is engaging citizens in studying problems and coming up with long-term solutions that will serve them and their families for generations to come. Pinocci is shining light on public utilities being vulnerable to an enemy EMP attack, or a major solar storm such as the 1859 Carrington Flare event. "It is not a matter of if it will happen, it is a matter of when it will happen. Montana is not ready, but I will work with my fellow commissioners and all entities needed to make us ready," Pinocci says. Randy is a native Montanan, and resides in Sun River with his wife and three children.

Randy's statement on serving as a Montana Public Service Commissioner:

"I am a husband and a father first. Actively serving in my community has always been a passion of mine because all families face the same issues. The Public Service Commission is currently addressing concerns that will affect Montanans for generations to come, and I know it is important to have problem solvers that will not just get the job done, but will study complex issues, ask tough questions, and come up with next-generation solutions. I want Montanans to know that my door and my mind are open to all possible solutions?and those solutions come when we work together to do the job right."

Tony O'Donnell, Commissioner  Calendar (406) 444-6165

Tony O'Donnell Tony O’Donnell was elected to District 2 of the Montana public service Commission in November 2016. His district encompasses most of South West Montana, including: Yellowstone, Carbon, Big Horn, Treasure, Rosebud, Powder River, Custer, Prairie, Fallon, and Carter counties.

As a homeowner in Billings for 22 years, Tony has an extended track record of civic involvement. He has held leadership positions in a number of organizations, including: United Way, Yellowstone County PTA, Christian Sportsman Club, Boy Scouts of America, local homeowners association, and Lions Club.

Tony has a genuine passion for work and has held 2-3 concurrent jobs throughout most of his life. Early in his career he spent several years in the financial and insurance professions. Prior to serving on the Montana Public Service Commission he worked at Lowe’s Home Improvement for 16 years, while simultaneously running a retail merchandising company.

Tony attended St. Mary’s College of California where he studied philosophy and theology. He prides himself on being a life-long learner and he enjoys engaging in political and philosophical debates with friends.

As a strong supporter of Economic Freedom, Tony is keenly interested in how regulators can apply Free Market principles to the mutual benefit of ratepayers, as well as regulated utilities.

Tony’s Statement on serving as a Montana Public Commissioner:

"As a home owner, voter, and ratepayer in Billings for the last 22 years, I take my duty as public servant extremely seriously. Though often shrouded in a cloak of acronyms and technical definitions, the decisions that are made at the Public Service Commission directly impact the safety, as well as the finances of nearly every Montanan. High energy bills don’t just harm ratepayers by taking money out their pocket, they raise the price of everything that you buy from canned food to baby diapers. As a commissioner I’m committed to making sure that the supply of energy in Montana remains affordable and reliable for all ratepayers."

Jennifer fielder, commissioner Calendar (406) 444-6168

Jennifer Fielder

Jennifer Fielder was elected to the Public Service Commission in November 2020 to serve District 4. Her district includes Lincoln, Sanders, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Granite and Ravalli counties.

 

Jennifer previously served eight years in the Montana State Senate. She also brings to the Commission two decades of professional planning, design, and project management experience with the types of industries regulated by the Commission, including railways, pipelines, electric generation, telecommunications, water works, solid waste disposal, and federal energy regulatory proceedings. Jennifer has also served as the CEO of the American Lands Council, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving public access, environmental quality, and economic productivity on federally controlled public lands.

 

Brad Johnson, VICE-CHAIR Calendar (406) 444-6169

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson was elected to the Public Service Commission in November 2014. Brad believes that safe, reliable, and cost-effective utility services are essential for economic development in Montana. His goal is to ensure utility customers receive the lowest rates possible consistent with high-quality service.

Brad also served as Montana Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009. As secretary of state, he was committed to maintaining the reliability and security of the voting process. He successfully fought for passage of legislation that prohibited electronic voting machines and requires that paper ballots be used in all Montana elections. Under his leadership, Montana also became one of the first states in the country to fully comply with the 2002 Help America Vote Act, which required states to modernize their election systems.

Prior to serving as secretary of state, Brad was an independent businessman in Bozeman, where he owned an auto parts store. Brad also worked for RightNow Technologies, a successful software company. And in the early Eighties, he served as the district representative for Congressman Ron Marlenee.

Agriculture is still Montana’s number one industry, and Brad’s roots in that community run deep. He served as an ag extension agent, worked with the American Quarter Horse Association and the American Simmental Association, and earned a master’s degree in agriculture.

Brad was born in 1951 in Lake Forest, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1976, and moved to Montana in 1980. He currently resides in East Helena with his wife, Linda.