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Meet Roger

  • 33-year small business owner/operator -- found jobs for over 9,000 people.
  • 2-term state legislator – awarded “Legislator of the Year” and “Small Business
    Champion of the Year.”
  • Civic-minded – taught classes on the Constitution and Declaration in 24 Montana
    public schools; performed in community theater.
  • Strong identity to “Montana Culture” – avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman;
    13-year state hunter safety instructor.
  • Family man – married to Ann for 39 years, four children and four grandchildren.
  • Graduate of the University of Idaho, with degree in Interdisciplinary Studies,
    geology emphasis.
  • Widely published author on economics, government and human resource topics.
  • Solid understanding of federal affairs – served four years as Congressional aide in
    Washington, D.C.
  • Strong belief in resource development and economic prosperity – appointed by
    governor to Montana Economic Development Council.
  • Takes the position that the Number One calling of the Public Service Commission
    is to protect rate-payers and actively promote affordable, reliable energy.
  • Believes PSC commissioners should be totally unbiased, and check their personal
    politics at the door!


Roger is 63 years old and has lived in Bozeman, Montana for 35 years. Married to Ann
for 39 years, the Koopmans have four children and four grandchildren.

Roger graduated for the University of Idaho with a bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary
Studies (BGS,) geology emphasis. He subsequently served for four years in Washington,
DC, in the congressional offices of Steve Symms (R-Idaho) and Ron Paul (R-Texas,) as
press secretary and chief of staff. Following Paul’s election defeat, Roger became a staff
writer for the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, and in 1977, moved to Montana to
serve as National Rifle Association field representative in a 4-state area.

In 1980, Roger started Career Concepts, a full service private employment agency,
specializing in career development, business consulting, permanent job placement and
temporary staffing. Now in its 33rd year of operation, the company has assisted over 500
local businesses and provided more than 9,000 job-seekers with gainful employment.

In 2009, Roger became an associate of Compass Advisors, a local mergers and
acquisitions firm that assists business owner with valuations, exit planning and business
sales, and functions as a seller or buyer side intermediary in individual, corporate and
private equity firm acquisitions.

Roger has also been an active freelance writer and radio talk show host. He has
published in numerous national magazines, was a columnist for the Bozeman Daily
Chronicle for 5 years and for the Business to Business journal for 6 years. Roger has
founded several citizens organizations and has served in leadership roles for many others,
including: director and VP, Montana Shooting Sports Assn., chairman, NFIB Guardian
Council, NFIB federal liaison, policy analyst, Montanans for Better Government, and
president, Private Employment Association of Montana.

Roger was elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 2004 from House
District 70, and re-elected in 2006. He served on the House Judiciary Committee,
House Education Committee (vice chair) and House Fish and Game Committee.
Roger was known not only for his inspiring speeches, but for his passionate defense of
taxpayer rights, individual freedom, economic prosperity, government transparency and

He was appointed by the governor to serve on the Montana Economic Development
Advisory Council, was recognized by Eagle Forum as the Outstanding Legislator of
the year and by the National Federation of Independent Business as Montanan’s Small
Business Champion of the Year.

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