Hi, I'm Courtenay Sprunger.
I'm the Representative-Elect for Montana House District 7 and am a Republican focused on infrastructure, education, housing and community safety.
Here's a little about me:
I was born and raised in Kalispell. Our family has been in the Flathead Valley for five generations - it will always be home.
My family has deep roots in Kalispell. My grandmother, Mary Kay Riedel, was a Flathead County Justice of the Peace and my father, Gary Burt, taught at Flathead High for 30 years. My mother, Kay, stayed home to raise us and won most 5k road races in the area while chasing my two older brothers and me around our family farm in Creston.
I am the founder and CEO of a boutique public involvement firm based in Kalispell. We help government agencies engage and inform communities about transportation and infrastructure projects throughout Montana, Idaho, and Washington.
I served for seven years on the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Board and as the chair in 2021. I am currently a Montana Ambassador and member of the Kalispell Daybreak Rotary. In recent years, I've also participated on the boards of the Conrad Mansion and Flathead Area Young Professionals, as well as chairing the Montana Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
Outside of work, I'm the proud aunt of thirteen amazing nieces and nephews and "mom" to two scent-happy beagles and three beautiful horses.
Why did I run to represent HD7?
When I decided to run for this seat, many people asked some iteration of, “Are you sure you want to do this? It’s going to be nasty out there.” These questions encouraged me to examine the desire to serve and if it mattered enough to accept the hardships that often come with running for office. Here’s where I landed.
In recent years, the Flathead Valley, and Montana as a whole, have experienced immense growth. Along with many others, I have observed congested roadways, rude customers, and a housing shortage.
Alongside our challenges, we've celebrated great community successes such as the Bypass and Parkline Trail.
These changes provide a powerful motivation to advocate for the values and legislation that will ensure Montana maintains its rightful title as the last best place. As a community, we must be intentional about the future we create.
For me, there is no work more important than preserving our Montana way of life while fostering opportunities for Montana’s residents and businesses.
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
You can count on me.
My first commitment to you is to lead with respect, courage, honesty, and kindness.
My second commitment is to approach our impending growth intentionally.
My third commitment is to focus on legislation that:
Empowers our businesses to create great jobs,
Our school systems to equip students and support workforce solutions,
Our community to invest in the critical infrastructure that serves as the physical foundation of Kalispell.