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also known as Bernard Francis

Financial analyst , State legislator

Chris Christiaens, American Financial analyst, state senator. Avocations: skiing, tennis, fishing, reading, hiking. M C. Recipient Outstanding Young Alumni award College of Great Falls, 1979, Honorary Alumni Achievement award, 1994; Distinguished Svc. award Rocky MountainCoun. Mental Health Centers, 1995.


Christiaens, Chris was born on March 7, 1940 in Conrad, Montana, United States. Son of Marcel Jules and Virgie Jeanette (Van Spyk) Christiaens.


Bachelor in Chemistry, College Great Falls, 1962; Master in human services, College Great Falls, 1994.


Financial and insurance manager Rice Motors, Great Falls, Montana, 1978-1984. Member Montana Senate, District 23, Helena, 1983-1987, since 1991. Majority whip 49th legislation, 1985-1986.

Finance planner Jack Stevens Certified Public Accountant, Great Falls, 1984-1985. Administrator, finance analyst Great Falls Pre-Release, 1986-1992. Member Reforming States Group Health Care Reform, since 1994.

Operations director Montana Farmers Union, since 2004. Owner Oak Oak Inn-Bed and Breakfast, 1989-1995. Faculty University Great Falls, part-time since 1995.

Board directors World Wide Press Inc., service representative, since 1994. General manager Great Falls Transit District. Adjunct faculty University Great Falls, since 1994.

Steering committee Reforming States Group. Lobbyist Montana Landlord Association, since 2002, Montana Farmers Union, since 2002, Montana State Legislature, since 2003.


  • Avocations: skiing, tennis, fishing, reading, hiking. M C.


Chairman Balance of State Private Industry Council, Montana, 1984-2002. Member Montana Human Rights Commission, 1981-1984. Board directors St. Thomas Child and Family Center, Great Falls, since 1983, College of Great Falls, since 1984, Cascade County Mental Health Association, since 1986, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, 1992-1995.

Advisory board State Drug and Alcohol Council, State Mental Health Council, Cambridge Court Senior Citizen Apartment Complex, 1986. Board directors treasurer Great Falls Community Food Bank, 1984-1986. Democratic committeeman Cascade County, 1976-1982.

Montana delegate to National Rules Convention, 1980. Public chairman Cascade County chapter American Red Cross, 1986. Treasurer Cascade County Mental Health Center.

Vice chairman Governor's Task Force on Prison Overcrowding, regional jail committee. Member Re-Leaf Great Falls Committee, since 1989, steering committee. Active Great Falls and Cascade County Housing Task Force, since 1995.

Secretary Montanan's for the Coal Trust, since 2003. Member steering committee Montana Veterans Memorial, since 2002. Member Great Falls Ski Club, Toastmasters, Optimists, Big Sky Cum Christo.


  • Other Interests

    Skiing, tennis, fishing, reading, hiking.


Marcel Jules Christiaens

Virgie Jeanette (Van Spyk) Christiaens