It's been my goal to help make Montana a leader in renewable energy. ... Through camelina, our state has the potential to create jobs, reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and decrease carbon emissionsCentral Asia's biofuel potential Dec 18, 2008
To get the economy moving in the right direction, the states and the federal government must have a better relationship than we had under the Bush administrationSchweitzer to lead Democratic governors Dec 03, 2008
I think this sends a signal to the rest of the folks across the country that in times of insecurity and xenophobia, sometimes we lose our mindsMontana WWI seditionists are pardoned May 04, 2006
I'm going to say what Gov. Sam Stewart should have said: I'm sorry, forgive me and God bless America, because we can criticize our governmentMontana to pardon 78 WWI sedition convicts May 03, 2006
We want to develop energy in Montana, but we want to do it rightFeds oppose Montana over water cleanup Apr 09, 2006
Brian David Schweitzer (born September 4, 1955) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Montana. Schweitzer is its 23rd and current governor, serving since January 2005. Schweitzer currently has one of the highest approval ratings among governors in the nation, with polls regularly showing a rating of above 60 percent. Schweitzer chairs the Western Governors Association and formerly chaired the Democratic Governors Association.
Schweitzer was born in Havre, Montana, the fourth of six children of Kathleen (née McKernan) and Adam Schweitzer. His maternal grandparents were Irish and his paternal grandparents were ethnic Germans from present-day Russia and Ukraine. Following his high school years at The Abbey in Canon City, Colorado, Schweitzer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in international agronomy from Colorado State University in 1978 and a Master of Science in soil science from Montana State University, Bozeman in 1980.
Upon finishing school, Schweitzer worked as an irrigation developer on projects in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. He spent several years working in Libya and Saudi Arabia and speaks Arabic. He returned to Montana in 1986 to launch a ranching and irrigation business in Whitefish.