Randy Pinocci was elected to serve on the Public Service Commission in 2018. District 1 encompasses 19 counties-the largest number of counties and the most square miles of any PSC district.
Prior to being elected to the PSC, Randy Pinocci was a small business owner while working full time in the printing business for over 32 years, specializing in political direct mail. He also has served as a statewide director for former United States Senator Conrad Burns, chair of the Second Amendment Committee for the Republican Party (the first of its kind in the United States, set up by former NRA President Charlton Heston). Pinocci also served in 2015 as a member of the Montana State House of Representatives. He served as a longtime member of the Board of Directors for the Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA). During that time, he assisted in introducing and passing pro-gun laws in Montana. MSSA has passed more pro-gun law than any other state organization in United States history.
As a state legislator, Randy Pinocci championed issues such as welfare reform and expanding access to transportation services by passing a law to allow Uber to operate in Montana. Pinocci was successful in getting one of his bills signed into law that helped the real estate industry right here in Montana?an unusual accomplishment for a freshman legislator. He was known for being a citizen-first legislator, crisscrossing his district regularly to meet with constituents and business owners to get their input on issues and legislation. As a Public Service Commissioner, Randy is committed to maintaining an aggressive schedule to raise awareness about the issues facing rate payers and engage citizens in utility matters. As a father, Randy is also passionate about safety. Randy has been outspoken on the issue of railroad safety and creating public awareness about the dangers of people walking on railroad tracks with earphones on. This has been a concern he has heard about from parents across his district.
While serving as a commissioner, Randy is committed to a market-based approach to safe, reliable, and affordable utility infrastructure. The issues that the PSC governs are often complex, but his favorite part of this role is engaging citizens in studying problems and coming up with long-term solutions that will serve them and their families for generations to come. Pinocci is shining light on public utilities being vulnerable to an enemy EMP attack, or a major solar storm such as the 1859 Carrington Flare event. “It is not a matter of if it will happen, it is a matter of when it will happen. Montana is not ready, but I will work with my fellow commissioners and all entities needed to make us ready,” Pinocci says. Randy is a native Montanan, and resides in Sun River with his wife and three children.
Randy’s statement on serving as a Montana Public Service Commissioner: “I am a husband and a father first. Actively serving in my community has always been a passion of mine because all families face the same issues. The Public Service Commission is currently addressing concerns that will affect Montanans for generations to come, and I know it is important to have problem solvers that will not just get the job done, but will study complex issues, ask tough questions, and come up with next-generation solutions. I want Montanans to know that my door and my mind are open to all possible solutions?and those solutions come when we work together to do the job right.”