Mr. Cavey is an accomplished legislative operative with more than 14 years experience on Capitol Hill, the state capitols and in corporate government affairs and trade association management.
Before that, Mr. Cavey served as Executive Vice President of the Montana Motor Carriers, spearheading the enactment of state highway speed limits and reductions of licensing fees by the Montana Legislature. He was also instrumental in a regional effort by trucking associations to secure passage by the Western Governors Association of a Resolution seeking harmonization of truck size and weight requirements.
Mr. Cavey began his Washington career as a Legislative Assistant to Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), where he advised the Senator on a range of issues including agriculture, small business issues, federal land use, clean water, federal nutrition programs and reform of the Food and Drug Administration and telecommunications. In 1996, he successfully guided Sen. Baucus’s priorities through enactment in both the Freedom to Farm Act and the Telecommunications Reform Act. He was promoted as Sen. Baucus’ Legislative Director and ultimately was named his Acting Chief of Staff.
Before going into politics, Mr. Cavey was an educator, serving as Assistant to the Dean of the Montana State University College of Agriculture, where he was liaison between students and University Academic Committees. In that capacity, he initiated a recruitment program that reversed an enrollment decline in the College of Agriculture and helped develop matriculation agreements with Junior Colleges in the region to help simplify graduation requirements for transfer students. For five years before joining the College of Agriculture, he taught agriculture, biology and mechanics to junior and senior high school students in two rural Montana communities.
A native of Missoula, Montana, Mr. Cavey graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Agriculture Education from Montana State University.more » « less