Republican who lost Montana Senate bid to run for House next year

Republican who lost Montana Senate bid to run for House next year

Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale (R), who narrowly lost a Senate race last year, announced on Monday he will run for the state's at-large House seat in 2020.

Rosendale is seeking the seat being vacated by 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.), who recently announced his bid for governor.

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Rosendale narrowly lost against Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterTester: Our forefathers would not have tolerated Trump asking Ukraine to investigate Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Fallout from day one of Trump impeachment hearing Veterans face growing threat from online disinformation MORE (D-Mont.) during the 2018 election cycle. 

“I’m running for the U.S. House to serve and work for the people of Montana. I pledge to always listen, represent our values, and protect our Montana way of life. With all the gridlock and fighting back in the swamp, it’s clear Washington D.C. could learn a thing or two from Montana,” he said in a statement.  

“I’ve rolled up my sleeves to get to work to deliver affordable and better health care to Montanans, took on the pharmaceutical industry to lower drugs costs, protected and expanded access to our public lands, and brought fiscal discipline to my office – and I’ll do the same as your next Congressman.”

In a campaign video released Monday, Rosendale also touted his work on the state’s health care policy. Democrats used health care as a key campaign issue and were able to take over the House last year.

“While Washington fights, Matt Rosendale goes to work. He expanded access to health care, lowered premiums, protected preexisting conditions, lowered drug costs — that was Matt’s bill,” the ad says.

The Montana Republican has been a vocal supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE, who endorsed and campaigned for him during the midterms.

Rosendale has already garnered the support of conservative political action group Club for Growth, which tweeted its endorsement of the candidate shortly after his announcement.

“@club4growth PAC is proud to endorse Matt Rosendale for Congress!," the group said in a tweet. "@MattForMontana is precisely the type of leader needed in Washington. He has the guts to take on the establishment & and will fight to advance @realDonaldTrump’s pro-growth economic agenda."