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 GianforteKathleen Williams, Matt Rosendale to face off for Montana House seat Gianforte wins Montana gubernatorial primary Key races to watch in Tuesday's primaries MORE (R-Mont.), who recently announced his bid for governor.

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Rosendale narrowly lost against Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate confirms Trump's watchdog for coronavirus funds Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip 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 TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters 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."