Kirk is a proud and committed fourth-generation Montanan. Born, raised, and educated in the state, he is the son of Hazel and the late Don Bushman, and the eighth of twelve children. Kirk graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School and earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Montana State University - Bozeman. In his professional career, Kirk traveled extensively across the United States and abroad developing strong communication and leadership skills, which he has brought back to his home state. Kirk is married to Jill Pankratz, daughter of Larry and Colleen Pankratz, who farm and ranch in Opheim, Montana. Kirk and Jill reside in Billings with their three children; Cooper, Zane, and Piper.
"Thanks to the encouragement of many family, friends, and colleagues, I have decided to run for the office of Public Service Commission, District 2."
I have worked with companies who are both providers and users of Montana's energy resources. I have been involved in projects helping companies improve energy production and meeting environmental regulations. Montana needs a commission that can find a balance between energy cost, consumer needs and mandated regulations. I believe I would be a great addition representing District 2.