John Harp Interview, September 20, 2023


John Harp


Bob Brown



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In this interview, Republican John Harp discusses his 20 years serving in the House and the Senate of the Montana Legislature. Harp reflects on his formative years in the Flathead Valley and his service with Montana Boys State. He also focuses on his professional career in construction, running Harp Line Construction. Harp highlights his House career, starting with his first election to the Montana House in 1980. He covers how the different reapportionments changed his district, including Evergreen, Whitefish, Lakeside, and Eureka at different times. House committees that Harp serves on consist of the Transportation Committee and the Tax Committee. In the Montana Senate, Harp represents Evergreen and Columbia Falls. He also serves in the Senate as Minority Whip and Majority Leader, and on the Senate Tax Committee and Senate Rules Committee. One of the critical issues that Harp focused on in the Senate was electrical deregulation.


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Document Type

Oral History


Montana Power Company

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century; Twenty-first century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Bob Brown Oral History Project OH-396, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 396-091

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:21:54 minutes

Local Filename

OH_396_091.mp3; OH_396_091.pdf

John Harp Interview, September 20, 2023
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