Rep. Kimberly Dudik is a state legislator, attorney, and registered nurse whose work focuses on improving the safety and health of our communities.
State Representative, Attorney, Registered Nurse
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Administration, Leadership, Negotiation, Legal Advocacy, Project Planning & Implementation, Making the World a Better Place
Kimberly Dudik is a second-term Representative in the Montana House of Representatives. She serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice; the Rules Committee; and the Finance Committee. She is Chairwoman of the Task Force on State Public Defender Operations. Kimberly serves as Vice-Chair for the Council of State Government’s – West Public Safety Committee. Kimberly was recently appointed by Attorney General Tim Fox as a member on the Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force to examine the issue of unprocessed sexual assault evidence kits in Montana.
Much of Kimberly’s legislative work focuses on pubic safety, especially that of children. Her work lead to the passage of anti-human trafficking laws; child identity theft law; Montana’s anti-bullying law; a pilot project to reform the child abuse and neglect system in Montana; the Task Force on State Public Defender Operations to reform indigent legal representation; the Sentencing Commission to reform the criminal justice system; and a Sexual Assault Study to examine ways to decrease the incidence of sexual assaults in Montana. In the Legislature, she founded and is Chairwoman of the bipartisan legislative Children’s Caucus, focusing on issues that impact the wellbeing of Montana’s children.
When not in the legislature, she works as an attorney at the law firm Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven practicing mainly civil litigation. Prior to this position, she focused her legal work on ensuring the safety of children in abusive or neglectful home situations through her position as an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Protection Unit of the Montana Department of Justice and also as a Deputy Gallatin County Attorney.
Kimberly’s advocacy expands into many areas. She is one of the founding members of the Missoula Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Team, working in a multi-disciplinary manner to stop child sexual abuse through education and prevention. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Montana Supreme Court’s Court Assessment Program Advisory Council and the Montana Access to Justice Committee. She is involved in health care as a board member of Providence Western Montana Region Community Ministry Board (St. Patrick’s Hospital) and a member of the Mission and Community Needs Committee. Kimberly is a member of the University of Montana President’s Advisory Council and the Community Liaison for the University of Montana’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. She established and is the State Director for the Montana Chapter of the National Foundation for Women Legislators.
Before becoming an attorney and legislator, Kimberly worked as a domestic violence advocate at the Missoula YWCA. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Montana State University, she worked as a registered nurse, specializing in Neonatal Intensive Care. Kimberly then obtained her law degree from the University of Montana School of Law. In an effort to expand her ability regarding how to make positive impact on large populations, she furthered her knowledge by obtaining her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on prevention of child sexual abuse.
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