Donavon was the first out LGBTQ Native American elected to the Montana Legislature!
Donavon Hawk, the son of Michaelynn Hawk, was raised in Butte where he attended public schools, including Butte High and Montana Tech. He is the public relations and marketing coordinator at the Butte YMCA, where he has worked since 2015. In 2020, Hawk was appointed to the state Commission of Community Service by then-Gov. Steve Bullock.
A Montana native, Donavon has been involved in social justice and political activism since 2008, working with SEIU, Montana Organizing Project, Praxis Project, Alliance for a Just Society, and the Center for Community Change. Hawk has served on the executive board of the Montana State Democratic Party, as well as serving on non-profit organization boards for the Butte Community Council and the Butte America Foundation.
Donavon Hawk has worked tirelessly over the years keeping Montanans engaged with public policy affecting their communities. For over 10 years, Hawk has directly worked on issues such as health care access for all Montanans, Medicaid expansion, reducing student debt, expanding voting rights, fighting against predatory lending, keeping public lands in public hands, protecting the rights of hunters and fishers for generations to come, protecting Social Security, defending worker rights and protecting unions, and defending quality public education.
On November 3rd, 2020 Donavon Hawk was elected to serve the people of House District 76 in the 2021 Legislative Session. Throughout the session, Donavon worked hard to defend the rights of the most vulnerable Montanans serving as a member of the House Judiciary, Education, Legislative Administration, and Local Government Committees.