Brothers Austin Markus James and Dylan Klapmeier with Attorney General Eric Holder, and University of Montana Honors College  Dean McKusick.

Brothers Austin Markus James and Dylan Klapmeier with Attorney General Eric Holder, and University of Montana Honors College  Dean McKusick.

Brothers of Montana Alpha have consistently taken civic engagement seriously since its founding members re-chartered. We have had several Brothers succeed in gaining key positions on political campaigns in Montana in both the 2012 and 2014 elections. Most of them were also active students while working these important campaign jobs.


Brother Sean McQuillan at the White House Press 

Brother Sean McQuillan at the White House Press 

                                                        Montana Alpha currently has two recent alumni, Kyle Schmauch and Dylan Klapmeier, working on statewide campaigns for the 2014 elections. Kyle is the Grassroots Organizer for the Steve Daines for U.S. Senate Campaign; one of the most crucial Senate races in the country. Dylan Klapmeier works for the Montana Republican Party where he manages the Missoula Republican campaign office. Scott Trisler, a current Montana Alpha Phikiea, is interning in Dylan’s office. This election cycle we also have an active member, Mike Hopkins, running for the Montana Legislature in Senate District 48, fellow active Sean McQuillan interning in Washington D.C. for Senator Jon Tester, and recent alumnus Kip Faircloth also in DC in Senator Barrasso’s office.

Brothers Dylan Klapmeier and Brandon Simpson with Congressman Steve Daines.

Brothers Dylan Klapmeier and Brandon Simpson with Congressman Steve Daines.

Montana Alpha’s record of civic engagement is deep. In 2012 we had recent alumnus Austin James running Corey Stapleton’s gubernatorial campaign as well as recent alumnus Matt Haefner working on a New Hampshire gubernatorial campaign. We also had Dylan Klapmeier and current active Brandon Simpson co-managing the Steve Daines for Congress Missoula campaign office.

Brothers Austin Markus James, Brandon Simpson, and Dylan Klapmeier with Senate Minority Leader Corey Stapleton and Senate President Bob Keenan.

Brothers Austin Markus James, Brandon Simpson, and Dylan Klapmeier with Senate Minority Leader Corey Stapleton and Senate President Bob Keenan.

In addition to all these important roles that Phis have held outside of campus, we also have had numerous Brothers intern in Congressional and Senate offices, work with non-partisan political interest groups, and hold leadership positions in a wide array of on-campus groups including the student government.


Whether Republican or Democrat or somewhere in between, the Brothers of Montana Alpha have committed to getting involved in civic leadership. Phis are committed to working towards a better society through hands-on leadership.

Brothers Brandon Simpson, Kyle Schmauch, Dylan Klapmeier, with the inters for the Steve Daines Senate Campaign.

Brothers Brandon Simpson, Kyle Schmauch, Dylan Klapmeier, with the inters for the Steve Daines Senate Campaign.

Phis are taking their commitment to their own ideas of moral rectitude all the way to the highest levels of government, and even when working against each other in some cases, Brothers keep their commitment to friendship strong. 

(Written by 2014 University of Montana graduate and Phi Delta Theta alumni Dylan Klapmeier)

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