An experienced leader fighting for Montanans
Kathleen Williams is an experienced leader and fighter on behalf of Montana’s working families. As a three-term state representative, Kathleen gained respect from colleagues on both sides of the aisle and distinguished herself as an ethical, effective legislator. Serving as vice chair of the agriculture committee, she emphasized the importance of local farming initiatives in Montana and used her expertise on rivers to inform decisions to protect Montanans’ water rights. Kathleen also served as vice chair of the House taxation committee, where she advanced important tax reform that helps expand economic opportunities for working families. She served as Associate Director at Western Landowners Alliance, where she worked with farmers and ranchers across the West on water and conservation policy issues. Kathleen enjoys fishing, hunting, canoeing, and cycling in Montana’s beautiful outdoors, which she has spent a career working to protect for public use. She has two adult step-sons and a German wirehaired pointer named Danni.
A champion for expanding health care and economic opportunity
Kathleen is running for Congress because she cares deeply about protecting Montanans’ health care and expanding economic opportunity. While she was in the legislature, Kathleen helped shepherd the passage of a bill that sought to ensure cancer patients are treated fairly by health insurers and able to participate in clinical trials that could lead to breakthroughs in treatment. She has a detailed health policy plan that she will work to pass in Congress. “When I talk to people, health care is absolutely [number one]. If we didn’t have the political will before, we better get it, because we have to fix this,” she has said. Part of Kathleen’s commitment to improving health care comes from the fact that she served as a caregiver for her ailing mother when she was only 11 years old. “I know how an illness can affect a family – it’s hard. We need to make sure every family has health care,” she has said.
An opportunity to flip a seat
Kathleen is running for the open at-large seat being vacated by incumbent Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte. She ran in 2018, and earned more votes and raised more money than any Democrat running for the seat in the past 20 years. She came close to defeating Gianforte, and now this open seat is a prime opportunity to flip a seat and strengthen our House majority. Montana hasn’t elected a woman to Congress since the 1940s, and Kathleen is poised to change that. “I had a lot of women say they were not sure a woman could win in Montana, and after a while I got blunt: ‘Well, it won’t happen if that’s what we think!’” she has said. Let’s show Kathleen the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help send this champion for Montana working families to Congress.