Biography of Tom Harrison
Tom Harrison is a former Republican State Representative (1967-73) and State Senator (1973-77) from Helena, who was a member of the Executive Reorganization Commission. As House Majority Leader in the Montana House of Representatives in 1971, he was the primary sponsor of the House’s executive reorganization bill and helped shepherd the Senate’s version to passage. Harrison was the Republican candidate for Attorney General in 1976 after which he practiced private law for 3 more decades.
He served in the Montana Army National Guard for almost 34 years, rising to the rank of Colonel in the position of Judge Advocate General. He was appointed as one of the founding Directors of Federal Defenders of Montana which supervised and provided legal representation for indigents accused within the Federal Judicial System. He was appointed Chairman of the original Montana State Fund (workers' compensation insurance) by Gov. Stephens, serving for four years. He served as President of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, the Helena Kiwanis Club and the St. Peter's Community Hospital Foundation as well as Chairman and Director of AAA MountainWest (travel and insurance services in Montana, Alaska and Wyoming) and was a founder, first Chairman and Director of the Valley Bank of Helena for over 25 years.
Harrison, Tom and Barrett, Evan, "Biography of Tom Harrison" (2015). Biographies and Photos of Series Participants. 25.