Paid by Pope for Montana 2020, PO Box 6546, Bozeman, MT 59771, Amy Kirkland, Treasurer


Christopher Pope, for Montana Senate

Chris Pope is a Bozeman business and community leader who is running as a Democrat for Montana Senate to improve the quality of life for working Montanans and their families.

Chris is an advocate for a strong, transparent and efficient state government, and is committed to finding practical solutions to critical issues facing residents and taxpayers working across the aisle to break down the political polarity that has recently undermined the effectiveness of state leadership.

Chris believes that Montana is well-positioned to grow its agricultural, tourism and high-tech industries, with an objective of creating high-quality, well-paying jobs and expanding markets for value-added Montana goods and services. An essential component of Montana’s future economic success is the continued stewardship of Montana’s environment and wildlife, as is a robust public education system and affordable health care.

Chris enters his third run for public office with extensive private sector experience, not to mention volunteer service in the non-profit and public sectors.

During the 64th Legislature, Chris was an advocate for clean energy, investment in critical state infrastructure, and expanded opportunity for students with disabilities. He served on the Business and Labor, Local Government, and Federal Relations, Energy and Telecommunications committees.

Chris and his wife, Maddy, relocated to Bozeman in 1991 from Washington, DC, where Chris worked in the high-tech energy sector as a marketing manager for Amoco Corporation’s solar electric energy subsidiary. Upon arriving in Bozeman, Chris and Maddy started The Great Rocky Mountain Toy Company, an educational toy store located on Main Street in Bozeman’s historic business district. The Popes sold the business in 2005, after growing the business to four store locations.

Chris additionally holds a Certified Commercial Investment Member [CCIM] designation as a licensed commercial real estate agent with NAI Landmark in Bozeman, where he has worked for 10 years.

Chris is active in service to the Bozeman community, having served on various City advisory groups during the 15-year renovation of the Historic Downtown Business District. He chaired the Bozeman Parking Commission for 12 years, during which time the City successfully built a $12 million parking facility downtown. He was presented with the city’s Life is Downtown achievement award in 2011.

Chris has served on the boards of Eagle Mount, the Yellowstone Business Partnership, and is currently Board Treasurer for the Montana Conservation Corps. He is a 17-year member of the Bozeman Noon Rotary.

Chris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR [1975], and a Masters in Public and Private Management from the School of Management, Yale University, New Haven, CT [1988].

Chris is 65 years old, and lives with his wife, Maddy, in Bozeman. They have two adult-age children, Jessie and Ben.

The Issues


Building a vibrant economy for working Montanans and their families.

The vitality and health of our communities depends upon a robust, entrepreneurial and growing economy capable of delivering well-paying jobs and a sense of opportunity for all Montanans. I have worked for 20 years in Montana-based small business. I know what businesses need to thrive and I will work hard to create jobs and economic opportunity across the Treasure State.

State government plays a critical role in supporting the Montana business community – preparing a future workforce, assisting with new market development, and helping create conditions for entrepreneurial activity in the state. Montana needs to increase its share of new and emerging markets, and State government must do its part to help businesses transition to best practices of sustainability, technology transfer and industry collaboration.


Protecting Montana’s world-class environment.

Montana is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty – a core contributor to our remarkable quality of life. Clean air and water, world-class wildlife and wild lands, pristine rivers, bountiful parks and public lands, are also an essential part of Montana’s modern economy. I will fight for access to public lands, clean air and water, a serious pragmatic approach to addressing climate change, and leadership in energy conservation and renewable energy development – to ensure that Montana continues to be that special place to live, work and recreate.


Envisioning Healthy Communities.

I believe affordable healthcare for all Montanans is an essential goal, and a core value of our future quality of life here in the Treasure State. A healthy and productive workforce is an immediate outcome. But, it’s also just a beginning to a vision of Healthy Communities: the State needs to move swiftly to improve mental health services, to reduce health care costs to seniors, to encourage active lifestyles in our communities, and to take meaningful steps to end substance abuse that is epidemic across our state, most tragically among our youth.


Excellence in Public Education.

Public education is a cherished institution in the Treasure State – but it demands our constant attention to ensure relevance and achievement in a rapidly changing world. Our kids need to graduate with an improved sense of self, with experience in service and volunteerism, skilled in the new technologies, as citizens ready to assume responsibility in their community and economy. I will advocate for proper funding, merit-based management, and programmatic innovation to promote excellence in our K-12 and higher-ed schools. And, as an extension to excellence in formal education, I will advocate for opportunities for our students to volunteer and to give back to their community – a Montana version of the 21st Century Conservation Corps.


Stewarding our Infrastructure.

I am a proponent for the careful, timely reinvestment in our state’s critical infrastructure – whether that be for roads and bridges, community water and sewer systems, or public energy and communications infrastructure. The prudent use of public finance to preserve and maintain our essential public assets is key to a healthy and functioning economy, and to our quality of life. I would expressly include the renovation of the iconic Romney Hall on Montana State University’s campus in the conversation of infrastructure investment. We Montanans owe a debt of gratitude to our state University system, which provides a world-class educational path for our students, and which is a significant contributor to new and emerging technology and economic growth. Re-investing in our state universities is a win-win, and should be a high priority in our state budget process.



Pope thoughtful, honest, deserves support for Senate

Sharon Bitz - Oct. 30, 2020

I am supporting Chris Pope in the race for Montana Senate District 31…

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Pope will be strong advocate in Montana Legislature

Julia Henderson - Oct. 29, 2020

I was extremely proud this week to cast my vote for Chris Pope to represent Bozeman in the Montana Senate…

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Support Pope as our next senator for district 31

Amy Kirkland - Oct. 28, 2020

As a longtime downtown business owner, I strongly support Chris Pope as our next state senator for district 31…

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Pope will help bring good government to Legislature

David Weinstein - Oct. 28, 2020

Please join me in supporting Chris Pope to represent Senate District 31…

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Pope will work to create jobs, bring back economy

David Steinmuller - Oct. 22, 2020

I encourage people living in Senate District 31 to vote for Chris Pope. Chris is a two-term representative in the Montana House of Representatives who is running for the Montana Senate…

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Pope pragmatic leader, will be champion for Bozeman

Jim Madden - Oct. 10, 2020

The thing about Chris Pope, a candidate for Bozeman’s Senate District 31, is that he is first and foremost an effective and collaborative community leader…

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Pope a skilled lawmaker, will represent SD31 well

Jim Hamilton - Oct. 10, 2020

Chris Pope is the overwhelmingly best choice for state Senate for those in Senate District 31. There are numerous reasons, but I would point to three outstanding traits…

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Pope Makes Pitch for Support in Senate District 31

Chris Pope - Oct. 8, 2020

As a current, two-term state legislator, I am committed to bringing the voice of Gallatin Valley citizens to Helena: working towards a more equitable, inclusive and compassionate community…

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Pope Will Put Education, Kids at Forefront for SD31

Ashley Bickerstaff - Oct. 8, 2020

From small business owner to elected government official, he has proven to be a dedicated leader in Bozeman. He is gentle yet tenacious, and always approachable.

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Pope Committed to Making State, Community Better

Avela Grenier - Oct. 7, 2020

In a period when development in Gallatin County is only accelerating, we need Chris Pope to represent Montanans in the state Senate.

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Pope Visionary, Will Work Across Aisle for Montana

Steve and Jean Schnee - Oct. 6, 2020

Having served two terms in the state Legislature, Chris has shown his ability to work across the aisle to affect change that benefits us all.

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Pope Will Work for Solutions, Best Choice for SD31

Ron Brey - Sept. 30, 2020

Chris is a much needed type of leader, one who understands the issues, listens carefully and seeks broad based solutions. We need Chris in the Montana Senate.

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Pope Works Hard, Will Represent Citizens, Taxpayers

David Taylor - Sept. 22, 2020

As a two-term representative in the Montana House of Representatives, Chris Pope has worked hard to represent Bozeman, its citizens and taxpayers…

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Pope has Character to Serve State, Legislature Well

Mike Phillips - Sept. 17, 2020

I was excited when he announced his candidacy to succeed me as the senator for district 31. I will proudly vote for him as soon as my ballot arrives. If you can, you should too. Chris Pope will not disappoint.

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Pope a Compassionate Leader, Will Serve State Well

Deb Love - Sept. 16, 2020

As a leader in the restoration of Bozeman’s city center, Chris showed extraordinary compassion, generosity and support in the aftermath of the explosion that rocked our downtown…

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Pope has Experience, Attitude to Best Serve SD31

Katie Bark - Sept. 16, 2020

When I think of Chris Pope, I think of a hard-working, smart businessman that is kind and will work tirelessly on cost-effective solutions to our most pressing issues.

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Hamilton a Steady Hand to Serve us in Legislature

Chris Pope - Apr. 10, 2020

In these uncertain and difficult times, Montana needs to send steady and experienced leaders to the Legislature. Jim Hamilton, who is running for his third term in Bozeman’s House District 61, is that candidate.

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Our Energy Future Should Blend Economy, Stewardship

Chris Pope - Jul. 26, 2019

Recent legislation brought by NorthWestern Energy — the state’s largest public utility — to acquire 150 megawatts of the troubled Colstrip coal power plant was brazen in its attempt to bypass state regulation responsible for protecting rate payers.

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HB 298 Opens Doors for Students with Disabilities

Chris Pope - Feb. 13, 2019

This week, I was honored to make good on a campaign promise to introduce House Bill 298, which if passed would allow a select group of students—those with severe autism, cognitive disability, or traumatic brain injuries—up to two additional years of funding to attain their high school diploma.

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Voting Record

As a 2-Term State Legislator in the Montana House of Representatives, Chris Pope has used his vote to:

· Expand and Extend Medicaid

· Increase access and scope of state mental health services

· Ratify the historic Confederate Salish-Kootenai Water Compact

· Support Equal Pay for Equal Work

· Promote Net-Metering, Community Solar and Wind Development

· Reform Liquor Laws to Open Retail Markets to Distillers and Brewers

· Protect Access to Public Lands

· Expand Voter Registration and Mail in Ballot Voting

· Advocate for Local Government Control

· Promote Property Tax Relief via A State Local Option Sales Tax

· Demand Expand Education Opportunity For Students with Disabilities

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Chris Pope

Montana Senate Candidate, Democrat

Amy Kirkland
Treasurer, P.O.BOX 6546
Bozeman, MT 59771
P: 406-581-8739