Jessica Karjala
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Serving the people and communities of Montana is my passion. Whether it's advocacy, philanthropy or legislating, it's what I love to do!

Current Position

Legislator / Representative

Montana Legislature





Specialty Areas
  • Policy
  • Health Care
  • Non-Profit
  • Marketing
  • Arts - Literature/Spoken Word
  • Fundraising
  • Government
  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Human Services
  • Law
  • Humanities
Interested in:
  • Mentoring
  • Finding a Mentor
  • Public Speaking
  • Serving on a Board
  • Career Opportunities
  • Public Office
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Investment Opportunities

public speaking, grassroots campaigning, fundraising, strategic planning, writing, facilitation, leadership

More Information:

Leadership Experience

As a second term lawmaker I was the Vice Chair of the House Human Services Committee and also served on the House State Administration and Veterans Affairs Committee and the House Local Government Committee. I was also selected to represent the state of Montana at the NCSL Maternal and Child Health Summit and served on the Children, Families, Health & Human Services Committee last interim and am currently serving on the Interim Law & Justice Committee. Having worked as an advocate for people with disabilities with specialization in healthcare benefits healthcare policy has become a passion and drives most of my legislative priorities. I have sponsored legislation creating new law providing more supports for those with disabilities who earn an income, new law creating new standards and an oversight network for guardianship law in the state of Montana and will continue to work on legislation supporting trauma informed care and suicide prevention. My greatest honor is serving the people of Billings and the state of Montana working to improve the quality of life for all of us.

How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse

One of the greatest joys of serving in the Montana Legislature is seeing what a positive and significant impact it has on the young women who serve as pages during the session. Over and over again they have told me how empowering and inspiring it is to see women leading on the floor making law for the state of Montana. If this is something you would like to learn more about I would be more than glad to hear from you. If you are interested in learning more about running for office, serving in the legislature or would like to discuss healthcare policy I would be glad to hear from you and share with you some of my experiences.

Other Information

One of the things I like to tell women of all ages is to never give up on your dreams and never stop evolving and learning as a person. Life is a constant set of challenges, disappointments and loss, but when we learn the opportunity that lies within that adversity, we then grow to appreciate the good things that happen and more importantly, we learn to flourish in the midst of all of it and use it to develop into stronger, kinder, wiser and more passionate versions of ourselves.