Issue One is pleased to welcome former Montana Congressman, Patrick Williams, to the ReFormers Caucus. Congressman Williams is the first ReFormer from Montana, bringing the total number of states represented by the bipartisan coalition up to 42.
Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus is comprised of 151 former elected members of Congress and governors who are dedicated to reducing the influence of money in politics. As the largest group of former lawmakers ever assembled on behalf of money in politics, they are working on passing game-changing legislation to fix our democracy.
Congressman Williams represented Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives for nine terms, from 1979-1997. Prior to that he was a state legislator for two terms in the Montana House of Representatives and a teacher in Butte, MT.
While in office, Congressman Williams was a champion for educational and environmental rights. He was a member of the committees on Budget, Natural Resources, Education and Labor and Agriculture. He played a critical part in protecting Wilderness Areas and sponsored successful legislation which extended the areas covered by the Wilderness Act of 1964. As the chairman of the Subcommittee on Post-Secondary Education, Congressman Williams helped pass legislation to ensure educational opportunities for every child.
He brings his decades of experience as a public servant and educator to the ReFormers Caucus, where he will work with the other members to change the conversation around money in politics and enact real change in our system.