Kirk is a proud and committed fourth-generation Montanan. Born, raised, and educated in the state, he is the son of Don and Hazel Bushman, and the eighth of twelve children. Kirk graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School and earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Montana State University - Bozeman. In his professional career, Kirk traveled extensively across the United States and abroad developing strong communication and leadership skills, which he has brought back to his home state.
Kirk is married to Jill Pankratz, daughter of Larry and Colleen Pankratz, who farm and ranch in Opheim, Montana. Kirk and Jill reside in Billings with their son, Cooper.