About Janet

Janet with her son and husband, Day 1 of the 2015 Montana Legislature

Janet with her son and husband, Day 1 of the 2015 Montana Legislature.

Janet Ellis has served one term in the Montana House of Representatives—in 2015. This term runs from January 2015 until December 2016. During her first session, she served on the House Appropriations Committee. Her interim committee is the Environmental Quality Council.

Janet is currently running unopposed for reelection as Representative for HD 81 in the Montana House—so her name is the only one on the ballot for her district.

Janet has lived in Helena for over 25 years. She is married and has one son, who graduated from Helena High School in June 2013.

Janet graduated from the University of Montana, with a degree in biology. Since 1981, she has worked for Montana Audubon, a science-based, citizen conservation organization dedicated to promoting “appreciation, knowledge and conservation of Montana’s native birds, other wildlife, and natural ecosystems to safeguard biological diversity for current and future generations.”

As Audubon’s Senior Director of Policy, Janet has coordinated Montana Audubon’s legislative and public policy work on behalf of Montana’s wildlife and wildlife habitat since 1983.  

Janet has received several awards for her work, including “Conservationist of the Year” from the Montana Environmental Information Center, Montana Wildlife Federation, and Montana Audubon; and a 2013 “Special Achievement Award” from the Montana Native Plant Society.  

Before joining Audubon, Janet worked as a ranger and naturalist for Yellowstone and Zion National Parks, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.

Among other adventures, Janet has bicycled from Missoula to Denali, Alaska, and from Oregon to the tip of Baja, California. She also spent four months in Churchill, Manitoba, working on a polar bear study.


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