State Director for Montana
Charles Robison serves as the State Director for USDA Rural Development in Montana. Charles first worked for USDA as a Forest Service wildland firefighter in the late 90s, on an engine crew, as a Hotshot and as a helitack rappeller. He cites the struggles of rural Montana families as his inspiration for public service. A Montana native, Charles grew up irrigating hay fields and working cattle on his grandparents’ ranch near Ennis. He enjoys hunting, fishing, building snowmen with his kids and teaching them to ski.
Charles earned degrees in law and business from the University of Montana. He received the American FFA Degree in 1996. Charles practiced law in Helena with Attorney General Tim Fox at the Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman law firm, where he represented family businesses, farmers, ranchers and Montana mines. He served four years as State Director for U.S. Senator Steve Daines and then served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Greg Gianforte. Robison and his wife Rachel live in Helena with their 3 children. As State Director, Charles pursues his passion for the struggles of rural Montana and the working families who call it home.