Andy Hunthausen - Chair

District 1

Commissioner Andy Hunthausen at desk

Commissioner Hunthausen has served on the Lewis & Clark County Commission since 2007.

He has long-standing family roots in the Helena Valley and in Lewis & Clark County. Andy was born in Helena and raised in East Helena where his family has lived since 1960. He graduated from Helena High School in 1983, the University of Montana in Missoula in 1988 and from graduate school in 1993. Andy is married to Pam Ponich-Hunthausen, they have two sons.

Commissioner Hunthausen has a vision for Lewis & Clark County that includes: a balanced budget; a county staff that works hard to become more efficient and always looks for opportunities to serve the public better; a county where the citizens enjoy good health and have an improved quality of life; a county that experiences healthy, consistent and well-managed growth; a county that is a great place to work and play; and where good planning leads to a safe and productive community.


  • University of Montana, 1988
  • MSUN - ME.D. 1993
  • National County Leadership Institute at NYU, 2008
  • Leadership Montana Class of 2010
  • Rocky Mountain Leadership Institute Colorado, 2008

Work Experience:

  • Lewis & Clark County Commissioner
  • Counselor - Helena School District
  • Career Training Institute
  • Clinical Therapist - Golden Triangle Community Mental Health Services
  • Private Practice Therapist
  • Clinical Therapist - Mental Health Services, Inc.
  • Restorative Justice Trainer
  • Admissions Counselor - Carroll College
  • Teacher - St. Brendan's School, Bothell, Washington

Interests and Achievements / Community Involvement:

  • Intrepid Credit Union Board of Directors
  • Montana Association of Counties
  • MACo Health and Human Services Committee
  • National Association of Counties Health Steering Committee

Serves on Rotating Basis:

  • Lewis & Clark County Human Services Taskforce Member
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
  • Local Behavioral Health Advisory Council
  • Helena Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Lewis and Clark Consolidated Board of Health
  • Lewis and Clark County Weed Board of Directors
  • Fairgrounds Board of Directors
  • Lewis and Clark County DUI Taskforce
  • Rocky Mountain Development Council Board of Directors
  • City/County IT&S Board of Directors
  • Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council
  • Helena Transportation Advisory Council
  • Behavioral Health Leadership Team
  • Lewis and Clark Water Quality Protection District Board of Directors
  • Montana Business Assistance Connection Board of Directors
  • City/County Parks Board of Directors
  • Transportation Coordinating Council
  • Scratch Gravel Solid Waste Board of Directors