About Bruce Tutvedt
Lifelong resident of the Flathead and Senate Leader
Bruce brings a lifetime of experience living in Flathead County to the legislature. As a longtime leader within the community, Bruce has proven himself to be an honest and reliable voice for the Flathead in Helena. Bruce is proud to serve Senate District 3 which includes the northwest section of Flathead County, and the area north of Kalispell between Evergreen and Columbia Falls.
A Leader for the Flathead in the Legislature
Running for his second term in the Montana State Senate, Bruce was first elected in 2008. Since that time, he was elected by his peers to serve as Senate President Pro Tem, while also serving as Chairman of Senate Tax Committee. Bruce also served as a member of Business and Labor Committee, Local Government Committee, and Transportation Committee in the 2011 session.
- Senate Rookie of the Year; Montana Farm Bureau
- Legislator of the Year; Montana Builders and Industry Ass.
- 100% Rating; Montana Chamber of Commerce
- 100% Rating; Flathead Business and Industry Association
- 100% Rating; Montana Contractors Association
- 100% Rating; Montana Family Security Advisory
- Champion of Business, Montana Chamber of Commerce
A History of Public Service
Bruce served as Chairman of the Montana State Farm Services Agency, where he and the committee oversaw 300 employees of the U.S Government. Montana FSA is under the US Department of Agriculture and administers up to 600 million dollars of payments to Montana’s agriculture community. President George W. Bush appointed Bruce to the post in 2001.
Bruce was appointed to the Flathead Basin Commission by Governor Mark Raciot. Water quality is very important to Bruce; he grew up swimming in the lakes of the Flathead and using this precious resource to irrigate crops and water livestock.
Bruce was appointed to the Wolf Advisory Committee by Governor Judy Martz. Bruce was able to work with all parties to mold a Wolf Management Plan that protects landowners and wildlife, while still allowing the wolf to have a place on the Montana Landscape as mandated by the Endangered Species act.
Quick Facts About Bruce:
With his father Harold Tutvedt, Bruce operates the family farm located between Whitefish and Kalispell. Together they grow wheat, alfalfa and canola. The farm is home to some of the best bird and deer hunting in the Flathead.
- Attended West Valley Grade School
- Active in FFA at Flathead High School
- Graduate from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business in 1978
- Son of Harold and Shirley Phillips Tutvedt
- Married his college sweetheart, Linda Kleffner Tutvedt, 33 years ago
- Linda retired from SD 5 after 29 years teaching Art. She also spent 9 years on the West Valley School Board
- Bruce and Linda have three 3 children
- Valerie Tutvedt Gravage, graduated from MSU in 2007 and works in Bozeman
- Emily Tutvedt, graduated from U of M and is currently a graduate student at MSU
- Andora Tutvedt is a senior at Glacier High School with plans to attend MSU next fall
Associations and Affiliations
- First Presbyterian Church
- Montana Grain Growers; Board of Directors
- Montana Mint Committee; Chairman
- Montana Farm Bureau
- National Rifle Association
- Glacier Pachyderm
- Montana Contractors Association
- West Valley Volunteer Fire Department; past president, not active
- National Association of Barley Growers
Sports and Recreation:
Bruce is a long-standing member of the Whitefish Golf Course. He grew up snow skiing on Whitefish Mountain back when it was still known as Big Mountain, and swimming in area lakes and rivers. He shot trap and played county league basketball and softball.
Most of Bruce’s free time is spent with his family waterskiing, swimming, hiking and trail riding. His family has made the trek to the top of Sperry Glacier twice. They particularly enjoy exploring Glacier National Park and Flathead wilderness areas.