U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Albert “Al” Lee of Forsyth. His experiences as a veteran, rancher, long-serving volunteer and renowned shooting sports enthusiast, have made him a highly respected member of his community in Rosebud County.
Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.
Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.
Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve
The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:
MONTANAN OF THE WEEK
Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, this week, I have the distinct honor of recognizing Albert “Al” Lee of Forsyth. Al has made a lifetime of contributions to our state and our nation. Al’s experiences as a veteran, rancher, long-serving volunteer and renowned shooting sports enthusiast, have made him a highly respected member of his community in Rosebud County.
After finishing his military service with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, Al returned to Montana State University and married Sharon, a fellow Bobcat. Al and Sharon soon settled near the Yellowstone River and began operating the family ranch.
Over the years, the Lee family has opened large sections of their ranch to the Boy Scouts, hunters and to the participants of the Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match. The Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match recently completed its twenty-sixth annual competition in June. This prestigious shooting match has grown from a few dozen shooters the first year, to well over six hundred shooters this year, including international competitors from six nations.
Al’s love for shooting sports and his passion for sharing our Montana cultural traditions has been highly valued at both the state and national levels. The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has honored Al for over five decades of volunteering to teach firearms safety to rising generations of future hunters. In 2001, The National Rifle Association recognized Al with their highly esteemed public service award.
Montana cowboys like Al Lee give a unique character to the Treasure State. Thank you, Al, for the many years of service and for strengthening our Montana traditions.