By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Fifty-eight year-old Ann Morren, mother of three, has filed for a seat in the Montana House of Representatives in District 18 on the Republican ticket.
She was born in Michigan in 1956, the eldest of eight children. She has been a Montana resident for 30 years.
After graduation from high school Morren attended Ferris State University (FSU) in Michigan and received an Associate in Applied Science in Industrial Chemistry. She earned at Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University, also in Michigan.
Morren was a quality control chemist for DePree Pharmaceutical and Parke-Davis before becoming a substitute teacher in Shelby and Conrad. For a while she worked in home based sales and then took a position as a pharmacy technician at the Pamida store in Shelby, and currently is working in the same position at Village Drug.
While at FSU Morren won awards for leadership and service, has been the second vice-president of Montana Federation of Garden Clubs (2009-11), is an active member of St. Michael Catholic church in Conrad and St. William, Shelby Catholic parishes as a religious education teacher and member of liturgy, finance and parish councils and is an events coordinator for “40 Days of Life” pro-life witness in Great Falls.
Morren a member of the Conrad Garden Club and Montana Federation of Garden Clubs the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the National Rifle Association.
A little known fact about her is that she has shown horses at the Montana Quarter Horse Association shows and AQHA World Show.
She tells the I-O that she likes to read books of all types, especially non-fiction and her favorite TV programs include PBS shows pertaining to history, science, gardening, cooking and anything on EWTN.
She is running for office in part because of a saying from her father. “We are just plain folks,” my dad likes to say, and point out that “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.”
“We are a young nation,” Morren points out, “and it is important that we do not lose sight of the goals and ideals spelled out in our founding documents. It is critical that we continue to support the founding principles that made the nation great and Montana an outstanding place to live.”
Morren goes on to add, “Our form of government depends upon our citizens being informed and active — taking part and doing their part. So a decision was made. A decision that was not made lightly but with much consideration and prayer. A decision to serve. A decision to run. My background will provide me with the resourcefulness to be ‘part of the solution’.”
Morren admires Montanans for their good heartedness, care and concern for their neighbors, family values, resourcefulness, great mix of independence and inter-dependence.
As a State Representative, Morren is interested in serving, listening and being accessible, preserving and promoting individual rights and responsibilities essential to freedom, including religious freedom, affirming limited government ideals, working for the protection and rights of the family, encouraging and facilitating creative ways to bring employment to our area and state, and promoting exceptional education and a healthy Montana.
She is married to Jim Morren, a businessman and owner of Morren Insurance in Conrad and Great Falls.
Morren is the mother of three children, ages 24, 22 and 15. Alyssa is a graduate of Carroll College, Matt is a graduate of MSU–Havre and Andrea is a freshman at Great Falls Catholic Central High School.