Franke Wilmer is professor of political science and former head of the Department of Political Science. In addition to her award-winning research on international relations and human rights, Wilmer is actively engaged in outreach in Montana. In 2007, she was elected to the first of four terms in the Montana House of Representatives; in 2009, she was elected Speaker Pro Tempore of that body. In the Legislature, she has contributed her expertise to diverse committees including Education, State Administration, Veterans’ Affairs, and Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
She has served on interim committees related to State Administration and Veterans’ Affairs, and as legislative liaison to the Montana Board of Investments. She has also served on the Governor’s Capital Financial Advisory Council and the Environmental Quality Council. She co-founded the Gallatin Human Rights Task Force, and has served as chair of the Montana Human Rights Commission.
In 2011, the Montana Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America as selected her as the Legislator of the Year, and in 2009 she received the Award of Appreciation from the Montana Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.