Jason Priest for State Senate


Jason is the fifth generation to reside and raise children in Montana.

While attending Red Lodge schools and after spending endless hours skiing, hiking, and fishing in the Beartooth Mountains with family and friends, Jason had the chance to compete in national and international ski competitions from 1985-1991.

While at Williams College, Massachusetts earning a BA in Political Economy, Jason earned All-American Honors as a skier and played mediocre soccer and, perhaps worse lacrosse, all with genuine enthusiasm.

After college, Jason took a job with a Dallas-based merchant bank, eventually rising to Vice President, Finance and Vice President, Real Estate. At the same time, he was a co-founder of the Dallas Professional Republicans Association (subsequently merged with the Dallas Young Republicans). The organization fostered the exchange of conservative ideas among young men and women who were early in their professional and political development. We had over 150 active members.

Since then, Jason has almost 20 years of experience founding and managing various businesses. Some of his companies include Optimal Auctions, NewRock Telecom Ventures, and Hamilton Venture Holdings, LLC.

Jason and his wife Anna have been busy with a growing family and public service. Anna is on the Red Lodge Parks Board, President of the Carbon County Boys & Girls Club, sometime Karate instructor, and the mother of three wonderful children Charlie, Cecilia, and Julia.

Jason was elected to the Red Lodge City Council in 2007 and again in 2009 and is the Chairman of the Carbon County Republicans. In anticipation that the 2008 elections would bring an ambitious legislative agenda, Jason formed the grassroots Montana Growth Network to make government more friendly to Montana’s families, workers, and environment. MGN has brought significant attention to new energy legislation and regulation including Cap and Trade and the EPA’s proposed rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Jason’s experience as a business and family man has taught him that less government means more prosperity and well-being for families and small businesses working hard in the state we all love.

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