BOZEMAN, Mont. – Governor-elect Gianforte today named Kurt Alme as Budget Director for his administration.
Alme – the current U.S. Attorney for Montana and former director of the Department of Revenue – will oversee the state budget and help shape the Governor-elect’s forthcoming budget recommendations.
“We received a clear mandate from Montanans to fire up our economy and hold the line on state spending, and I need a leader of Kurt’s experience and intellect to implement that mandate,” Governor-elect Gianforte said. “In partnering with Kurt, I’m confident that we’ll be able to identify waste in the budget and free up those dollars so that folks can keep more of the money that they earn.”
Incoming Budget Director Kurt Alme said, “I’m honored to serve in the Gianforte Administration as Budget Director. Montanans want to see Helena change the way it does business, and that begins with how Helena spends the hard-earned dollars of its citizens. I’m grateful for the opportunity to join this team, and look forward to getting to work on the Governor-elect’s forthcoming budget.
Alme was nominated by President Trump in 2017 to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana, where he served for three years and supervised over 70 attorneys and professional staff.
No stranger to public service, Alme previously spent more than seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Montana, eventually becoming First Assistant and overseeing budget management, and more than two years as the director of the Montana Department of Revenue.
Prior to his nomination by President Trump, Alme served as President and General Counsel for the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation, supporting the Ranch to assist emotionally troubled youth, where he oversaw all budgeting, expenditure, and granting issues.
Alme also served on the Boards of Directors of St. John’s United, which provides living opportunities for seniors, and St. Vincent’s Healthcare, in Billings, serving on both finance committees.
A Miles City native, Alme was a Truman Scholar graduating summa cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.S. in Business, and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.