Mr. Schweitzer most recently served as Governor of Montana, from January 5, 2005 to January 7, 2013. Gov. Schweitzer maintained one of the highest approval ratings among American politicians, delivered the eight largest budget surpluses in Montana history, cut the most taxes in history and froze tuition increases at state universities, before retiring due to term limits. Gov. Schweitzer is the only Governor in Montana history elected directly from the business world, not having been elected to any other office. As Governor, he served as chair of the Western Governors Association, during 2009, and the Democratic Governors Association, during 2008. Mr. Schweitzer also served as the 2011 President of the Council of State Governments. In 1993, he was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to the United States Department of Agriculture as a member of the Montana USDA Farm Service Agency Committee, where he served until 2000, when he ran for the U.S. Senate. While at the Department of Agriculture, Mr. Schweitzer served on the Montana Rural Development Board and the National Drought Task Force. Prior to entering politics, Mr. Schweitzer assisted on irrigation development projects in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America prior to his founding and operating a ranching and irrigation business in Montana.
Mr. Schweitzer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in international agronomy from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in soil science from Montana State University, Bozeman.
Mr. Schweitzer’s qualifications as a director include his extensive leadership experience as Governor of Montana and through various other political endeavors, as well as his familiarity with the regulatory, labor and business leaders in the Corporation’s main operating geography, Montana.