State Rep. Geraldine Custer has represented House District 39 since 2015. Her district, one of the largest in the state, encompasses Treasure County and parts of Rosebud, Custer and Yellowstone counties.
Custer served on the 13-member Colstrip advisory group, which set guidelines to use the $10 million given to the city to offset the economic impact of the closure of two coal-fired turbines earlier this year.
During her six-year tenure in the legislature, the Forsyth Republican has passed 13 bills to benefit Eastern Montanans and has been a key vote in the passage of numerous others.
Custer is the chairwoman of the Council of State Governments West Energy Committee and vice chairwoman of the interim Local Government Committee. She has also served as chairwoman of the Local Government Committee and on the Taxation, State Administration and Energy, Technology and Federal Relations committees.
The representative's work has been recognized with the Champion of Business award from the Montana Chamber of Commerce, the Influence in Education Award from the state Office of Public Instruction and Silver Windmill Award from the Montana Farm Bureau.
Custer takes a common sense approach to the issues facing the state. She’s not afraid to put politics aside and reach across the aisle to benefit Montanans.
Before she was elected to the legislature, Custer served as the Rosebud County Clerk and Recorder 36 years. From 1979 to 2014, she was responsible for running elections, managing public records, handling county budgeting and payroll, annual reporting, and provided human resource services for Rosebud County employees. She also owned and operated a lawn fertilization business in Forsyth.
Custer’s expertise at the local government level and experience as a small business owner has benefited her work in Helena. She supports easing regulations, reducing government waste, and lowering taxes to benefit her hardworking constituents.
Custer attended the Western Legislative Academy and graduated with the 2018 class of Leadership Montana. Both organizations teach lawmakers and business leaders ways to work more effectively.
Custer, a fourth-generation Montanan, grew up on a ranch near Ingomar. When she’s not serving her district in Helena, Custer works as a truck driver on a sugar beet farm and does consulting work for businesses and local governments. Her experience gives her a deep understanding of agriculture, Montana’s number one industry, as well as important issues that affect people in rural parts of the state.
Custer continues to fight for agriculture, mining and Main Street businesses, the cornerstones of Eastern Montana’s economy. She’s also a champion for voters’ rights and making access to the ballot box easier for all Montanans.