Posted: Aug 22, 2013 1:42 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - Montana State Senator Matthew Rosendale (R- Glendive) has confirmed that he is running for federal office in 2014.
He wouldn't say whether or not he will run for the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S Senate, but he did say the decision came after hundreds of Montanans encouraged him to jump in.
"I look forward to a vigorous primary and the opportunity to work with Congressman Steve Daines to defend Montana values and stop big government," Rosendale said in an interview.
Rosendale, 53, moved to Montana in 2002. He was elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 2010 and the Montana Senate in 2012, where he served on the Senate Finance, Highways and Transportation, and the Natural Resources committees.
He works as a real estate developer in Glendive where he lives with his wife Jean. He has three sons: Matt, Brien and Adam.
Many politicos are speculating that U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R-MT) will try and run for Montana's open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus (D) in 2014.
So far, former MT State Senator Corey Stapleton (R) and MT State Representative Champ Edmunds (R) have announced they are running for Senate. Democrat Dirk Adams from Wilsall has also announced his candidacy.
If Daines decides to switch chambers it's widely speculated that many people will jump in the House race. So far, no candidates have officially announced.