BOZEMAN, Mont. - Three-term Rep. JP Pomnichowski of Bozeman Thursday announced her intention to run for election to the upper chamber of the state legislature in Senate Dist. 33.
Pomnichowski, 46, decided to run for the state senate when the reapportionment required after every federal census essentially dismantled her present house district, reassigning its present area into three other house districts.
"This is a vibrant senate district that includes the city's newer neighborhoods, its newest schools and the lion's share of the major transportation corridors, plus the historic northeast section, major commercial areas, downtown Bozeman, the high school and the fairgrounds," Pomnichowski explained. "With my experience in the legislature and service on its several committees, I am confident I can represent this district well. I have worked hard from the Democratic side of the aisle to forge bipartisan progress in Helena."
Senate Dist. 33 is bounded approximately on the north and east by Rouse Avenue and Interstate 90 and on the south by Story and Babcock Streets. It extends nearly to Gooch Hill Road on the west.
"Even though formal filing for office doesn't open until January, today I filed with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices my statement of candidacy allowing me to start organizing a campaign," said Pomnichowski, a fifth-generation Montanan who has lived in Bozeman since 1985. Born and raised in Great Falls, she graduated from C.M. Russell High School there and from Montana State University in 1991.
In her previous sessions, Pomnichowski has served as Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources and House Taxation committees. She has actively supported job-creation laws and sponsored legislation for Montana sportsmen and women and small businesses. She has voted for economic development, for two tuition freezes for Montana university students, and after the 2009 natural gas explosion and fire in downtown Bozeman, passed a law to protect the property values of the entire Bozeman Downtown district. She has supported legislation for veterans and seniors.
In previous campaigns, Pomnichowski has been endorsed by Montana Conservation Voters, Montana Education Association-Montana Federation of Teachers (MEA-MFT), the AFL-CIO, and Montana Game Wardens Association.
Pomnichowski served as chair of the Bozeman planning board for several years, has worked to guarantee a safe city water supply and has actively promoted educational and research construction and improvements at Montana State University. She voted for appropriations to help build the new Bozeman Public Library. She and her husband live in southwest Bozeman near the Museum of the Rockies, which they have supported for many years.