"Together, side-by-side with many of you, I’ve fought for quality and affordable childcare, bringing new jobs to Missoula County, building lasting partnerships to protect thousands of acres of public lands, and finding ways to ensure that as Missoula County grows and thrives, our most vulnerable are not left behind."

—Jean Curtiss, Missoula County Commissioner


About Commissioner Curtiss

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Jean Curtiss

With common sense leadership and a gift for bringing people together to form strong partnerships, Jean Curtiss is one of Missoula County’s most effective advocates for economic development, stewardship and conservation, rural advocacy, public health and human services.

Jean has dedicated her life to advocating for those without a strong voice. In both her personal and professional lives, she stands up and works for social justice and for what is right. She has lobbied at the local, state and federal levels for legislation addressing issues from the school breakfast program to successfully preventing cement kilns in Montana from being allowed to burn hazardous waste as fuel.  As a mother and grandmother, she is committed to improving public health, educational opportunities, well-paying jobs and maintaining our quality of life.

Curtiss Family


Growing up on the family farm in the Swan Valley, the values of working hard and working together were instilled in Jean at a young age. She grew up in a family of strong, involved women. Her grandmother was born in Bannock and educated as a teacher. She served on the Swan Valley School board for 16 years. She was instrumental in getting Seeley-Swan High School funded and built. Prior to its opening in 1964, students in the Swan had the longest bus ride in the United States – 180 miles per day. Jean’s mother served on the first board of directors for the Seeley-Ovando-Swan Health Center, providing access to health care in the valley. Curtiss learned by example to get involved and get things done to improve your community.