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About Travis Kavulla, Commissioner

Travis Kavulla

Travis Kavulla represents the commissionís geographically largest district. In November 2010, he was elected by a 28-point margin, the largest of any Montana public service commissioner facing an election contested by both major parties since the modern commissionís inception in 1974. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He is the chairman of the Public Utility Commissioners Energy Imbalance Market (PUC EIM) Working Group, and the co-chairman of the Northern Tier Transmission Group (NTTG). He is also a member of NARUCís Telecommunications Committee.

Previous to his election to the Public Service Commission, Mr. Kavulla worked as a journalist, writing on political economy, culture, and development. His by-line has appeared in publications as diverse as the Wall Street Journal, Catholic World Report, the Dallas Morning News, and the Journal of Eastern African Studies, among many others. Mr. Kavulla has also served as associate editor for National Review, the biweekly magazine founded by William F. Buckley, Jr., and has worked as a professional editor of media ranging from blogs to books. Mr. Kavulla has received a number of honors, including being awarded a year-long, full-time writing fellowship in 2008 from the Phillips Foundation.

Mr. Kavulla received his bachelorís in History at Harvard University and, while there, was a leader of the campus conservative movement, editing the Harvard Salient and writing a regular column for the daily newspaper, The Crimson; during that time, U.S. News & World Report identified Mr. Kavulla on a list of promising young columnists in the nation. Mr. Kavulla holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, England, where he was a Gates Scholar. He is an alumnus of Great Falls High School (2002), where he edited the student newspaper, served as a U.S. Senate page and a Boys Nation delegate, and twice won the state AA Lincoln-Douglas debate championship.

Travis Kavulla is a fourth-generation Montanan. His great-grandfather emigrated to America from eastern Europe to mine coal near Sand Coulee, south of Great Falls, and his family has been engaged in farming, railroad work, teaching, and community service ever since.


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