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Biography of Kent Kleinkopf


Biography of Kent Kleinkopf



Kent Kleinkopf

1943 Born in Twin Falls, Idaho and educated in public schools. Parents were teachers/farmers.

1962 Graduated from Twin Falls High School.

1962 Attended University of Idaho and received B.S. in Education with minors in History and Business.

1967 Teacher of Economics and Sociology at Twin Falls High School.

1968 Teacher of 7th and 8th grade in Glendora, California Schools.

1971 Awarded M.S. in Economics from University of Utah. Master’s Thesis was original research outlining “The Economic Impact of the College of Southern Idaho on the Community of Twin Falls”.

1971 Assistant to Commissioner of State Lands, State of Montana

1972 Administrative Assistant to Montana Governor Forrest Anderson

1973 Administrative Assistant to Montana Governor Thomas Judge

1973 Montana’s first “Citizen’s Advocate” in Governor Tom Judge’s office

1977 Director of Montana Department of Business Regulation (Governor appointment; one of 18 State Agencies), including these responsibilities:

  • · Chairman of Montana State Banking Board/Supervisor of all State Chartered Financial Institutions
  • · Chairman of the Western Region of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors
  • · Representing Governor’s Office before the

o Old West Regional Commission,

o Federation of Rocky Mountain States, and

o National Governor’s Conference Committees.

1981 Financial Consultant with Shearson/American Express.

1985 Investment Consultant/Commercial Loan Officer with 1st Security Bank.

1987 Helped found and successfully operate Board Certified Rehabilitation Consultants in Missoula, Montana. Retired after 28 years in this private business.

2005 Governor Brian Schweitzer appointment to Montana Historical Society Board of Trustees. Reappointed by Governor Schweitzer and also appointed by Governor Steve Bullock. Currently serving as Secretary to the Board and Member of Executive Board.

Publication Date

Winter 2016

Biography of Kent Kleinkopf