Former State Politician, Women’s Advocate Reflects on Life in Montana in New Book

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Mary Ellen Connelly shares her successful career, love for her community and nostalgic stories of rural living

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Montana will always hold a special place in my heart, and my hope is that this book can serve as a tribute to that.

A former Montana state politician has released her nostalgic collection of stories that chronicle her ancestral background, early memories of growing up in small-town Montana, reflections on her family’s unique ups and downs and her early interest in and subsequent accomplishments as part of the state’s unique political scene.

In “Window to the Big Sky: Reflections from Montana,” author Mary Ellen Connelly presents her journey to becoming an influential advocate for women through the Whitefish Woman’s Club, secretary on multiple committees for the Montana House of Representatives and, ultimately, a state representative who served five two-year terms in the Montana legislature.

“These stories are about my life, my children, growing up in Montana and the events that shaped my life and the lives of my children,” Connelly said. “Montana will always hold a special place in my heart, and my hope is that this book can serve as a tribute to that.”

Peppered with black-and-white photographs of her family, moments from rural Montana life and experiences on the campaign trail, “Window to the Big Sky” is a light, heartwarming read that documents one woman’s successful and fulfilling life as an influential and community-oriented Montana politician, loving mother and dedicated wife.

“Window to the Big Sky: Reflections from Montana”
By Mary Ellen Connelly
ISBN: 978-1-5035-2397-5 (hardback); 978-1-9487-7912-8 (paperback); 978-1-9487-7913-5 (electronic)
Available through Xlibris, Barnes & Noble and Amazon

About the author
Mary Ellen Connelly was elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 1982, served five two-year terms in the legislature, was appointed to the appropriations and budget committee and chaired the long-range planning sub-committee. Connelly also served multiple terms as a secretary on the House’s highway and transportation committee, long-range planning sub-committee, judiciary committee and business administration committee. An outspoken advocate and activist for women, Connelly was president and district president for the Whitefish Woman’s Club and was honored as “Woman of the Year” in Flathead County. Connelly also previously reported local news for the Whitefish Pilot newspaper and served as chair of the Flathead United Way. She currently resides in Valley Springs, Calif. To learn more, please visit


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