KGVO spoke to philanthropist, businessman and Angel Flight leader Michael Burks on Thursday who broke the news that he will run for the House District 97 seat in the next Montana Legislature.

Burks simply said ‘it’s time’.

Burks provided this press release to KGVO News.

‘For Immediate Release

November 11th, 2021

Local Missoula area philanthropist Michael Burks is honored to announce he will run the race to represent the residents of House District 97 in the Montana Legislature.   Michael is currently the Montana Wing Leader for Angel Flight West and also recently was awarded top volunteer pilot of the nation in 2021 by the National Aeronautics Association.    Michael and his wife Kiomi own several businesses across Montana, Idaho, and Washington, which contribute significantly to the Montana economy.  Michael has been greatly blessed as a business owner, and knows it is time to give back even more to the community he loves by becoming part of the Montana Legislature.  He will advocate for lower property taxes, the reduction of our cost of living and continuing to improve the quality of life for all Montanans.

The Burks are proud to call Missoula home… it is an amazing place with incredible scenery and wonderful people, but both know there are issues that need to be addressed.  Missoula residents are sadly mindful of the problems here including increased homelessness, higher crime rates, and the rising cost of living. As a thirty-year business owner, Michael understands budgets and has dealt with the same issues as every resident.  Therefore, he is determined to be a part of legislating solutions for these and many other issues affecting Montanans.

Michael is the proud father and grandfather to three children and three grandchildren who bring awareness every day to the importance of working hard to create positive futures, and to protect those who cannot protect themselves. This dedication to philanthropy and protection will also show itself in Michael's hard work as the legislator of HD97.

The idea of working together with Missoula residents to create a brighter future for our children, and a better life for all Montanans regardless of their politics, is exactly what motivates Michael Burks to run for the Montana Legislature.  To achieve that end, Michael encourages everyone to share their ideas with him that would benefit our community.  He looks forward to listening and working with residents on all their important concerns.

Please feel free to contact Michael anytime at  Currently his website is under construction, but his Facebook page is live and available for questions and suggestions, Burks For Montanans.

Burks’ campaign states that he is “Born to Serve, Ready to Fight”… His fight will be to support and defend the Constitutional rights of every Montana citizen.'

Burks is running as a Republican and said he has the support of the Missoula County Republican Party leadership.


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