Montana New Members 2019

Montana New Members 2019

Rep. Greg GianforteGregory Richard GianforteHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 House GOP fears retirement wave will lead to tsunami MORE (R-Mont.-At large)

DATE OF BIRTH: April 17, 1961
RESIDENCE: Bozeman, Mont.
EDUCATION: B.E., M.S., Stevens Institute of Technology
FAMILY: Wife, Susan; four children

Rep. Greg Gianforte is returning to Congress after defeating Democrat Kathleen Williams for Montana’s lone House seat.

Gianforte is already a national name after winning the seat for the first time in 2017 in a special election to replace former Rep. Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics Overnight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule MORE (R-Mont.), who left to become President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE’s Interior secretary.

Gianforte’s 2017 campaign gained attention after he assaulted a reporter, The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, the night before the election. He would later plead guilty to a misdemeanor.

This year, Gianforte received support from Trump, who praised the congressman during repeated trips to Montana. During one rally, Trump joked that the incident with the reporter had helped Gianforte win.

Before political life, Gianforte was a successful businessman who amassed a fortune by founding and selling several businesses, including RightNow Technologies to Oracle for $1.8 billion in 2011.