Jon was named 2011 “Legislator of the Year” by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for his work on behalf of Montana’s sportsmen, and for strengthening gun rights for law-abiding citizens.
After he was named chairman of the Sportsmen’s Caucus, Jon assembled an advisory panel made up of Montanans from all walks of life. Jon uses Montana-made ideas to write effective legislation that improves public access to Montana’s public land and water, and boosts hunting, fishing, and hiking opportunities across the state.
Jon introduced and passed into law the Cooperative Watershed Management Act to help protect Montana’s streams, rivers, and fishing areas. He also helped pass the Clean Boating Act to prevent recreational boaters from needing to purchase expensive boating permits.
When federal regulators started to overreach and ban necessary parts for all-terrain vehicles, Jon introduced the Dirt Bike Bill to allow motor-sports dealers to continue selling dirt bikes, ATVs, and mechanical parts for use by young people.
And when Montana loggers, conservationists, hunters, anglers, and motorized users came together to make a plan that could work for Montana’s forests, Jon took their ideas and ran with them. After hosting several public listening sessions and hearing from Montanans across the state, he introduced the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act — landmark legislation to create jobs and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires by requiring at least 100,000 acres of timber harvest in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Kootenai National Forests over 10 years.
The bill would also create six areas dedicated to outdoor recreation, safeguard some of Montana’s best hunting and fishing areas, and improve the health of Montana’s forests through stewardship contracting.
Jon is also working hard to permanently prevent new oil, gas, and mining leases in the North Fork of the Flathead River.