Ed Tinsley
Lewis and Clark County Commissioner

Politics is not about power. Politics is not about money. Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning. Politics is about the improvement of people's lives. It's about advancing the cause of peace and justice in our country and the world. Politics is about doing well for the people. --Paul Wellstone

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About Commissioner Ed Tinsley

Tinsley FamilyAfter serving four years in the United States Army, Ed graduated from the University of Montana and later, the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. Prior to being elected County Commissioner, Ed worked in the Montana State Auditor's office. At the State Auditor’s office, Ed served as Land Board Advisor to the Auditor and as the Senior Outreach Coordinator. He also served as the Chief of Enforcement for the Montana Securities Department and as an insurance fraud investigator. Ed earned his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Montana in 2007.

Ed has been active as a community leader for years. He is or has been a member of :

* Chair, Hard Rock Mining Board
* The American Legion
* Kiwanis Club of Downtown Helena
* Active in the Kay McKenna Youth Foundation
* Shodair Hospital Board of Directors
* Pat Barnes Chapter of Trout Unlimited Board of Directors
* Friendship Center Board of Directors
* Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
* Montana Business Assistance Connection Board of Directors
* Chair, Montana Association of
Counties Justice and Public Safety Committee
* State of Montana, E-Government Committee
* County Commissioner representative to numerous Boards and Commissions

He and his wife, Sue, live in Helena with their two children: Eleanor and Sam. Sue formerly owned and operated Capitol Kids Day Care in Helena and now works for Governor Brian Schweitzer as an associate policy advisor to the Education Policy Advisor and the Policy Advisor on Families.


  • Masters of Public Administration, University of Montana; Dec. 2007

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Montana, Missoula, MT; June 1992

  • National White Collar Crime Center, Financial Investigations, Boise, ID; August 1999

  • National White Collar Crime Center, Cyber-Cop 101, Jackson, MS; August 1998

  • Montana Law Enforcement Academy, Helena, MT; May 1997

  • United States Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Bliss, TX; June 1986


Served four years on active duty and four years on inactive ready reserve in the United States Army; awarded Humanitarian Service Medal for firefighting in Yellowstone National Park, Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal with clusters, Overseas Service Ribbon and received Honorable Discharge in
January 1990.


  • Democratic National Committeeman, Montana Democratic Party
  • Hobbies are hunting, fly fishing and fly tying, camping, hiking and playing guitar in a local rock and roll band
  • Featured in many Queen City Ballet productions
  • Coaching Babe Ruth Baseball

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