Andy Hunthausen [D], District 1, Chairman

Commissioner Andy Hunthausen


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 Max and Ben. 

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 for the Helena School District
  • Workforce Investment Program Coordinator at Career Training Institute
  • Clinical Therapist at Golden Triangle Community Mental Health Services
  • Private Practice Therapist
  • Clinical Therapist at Mental Health Services, Inc.
  • Restorative Justice Trainer
  • Admissions Counselor at Carroll College
  • Teacher at St. Brendan's School, Bothell, Washington

Interests and Achievements / Community Involvement:

  • Western Montana Mental Health Board of Directors
  • Helena Chamber of Commerce
  • Montana Association of Counties Board of Directors
    • MACo Health and Human Services Committee
    • MACo Urban Counties Representative
  • State of Montana Mental Health Oversight Advisory Council
  • Lewis & Clark County Human Services Taskforce Member
  • Lewis and Clark County Water Quality Protection District Board Member
  • Helena Transportation Advisory Council
  • Helena Community Credit Union Board of Directors
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
  • Carroll College Impact Drive Volunteer
  • Local Mental Health Advisory Council
  • Lewis and Clark Public Health Board of Directors
  • PureView Health Center Board of Directors
  • Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church
  • Democratic Action Club Member