Matt Rosendale

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Matt Rosendale
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Auditor of Montana
From: January 2, 2017 – present
Predecessor Monica Lindeen
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former State Senator from Montana's 18th District
From: January 7, 2013 – January 2, 2017
Predecessor John Brenden
Successor Steve Hinebauch
Former State Representative from Montana's 38th District
From: January 3, 2011 – January 7, 2013
Predecessor Dennis Getz
Successor Alan Doane
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Jean Rosendale

Matthew Martin “Matt” Rosendale, Sr. (born July 7, 1960, age 60) is a rancher and conservative Republican currently serving as the Auditor of Montana, having previously been in the state legislature. He is also currently running in the 2020 United States House of Representatives elections from the state's at-large district, having previously and unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in the 2018 midterm elections against Democrat Jon Tester.

Auditor of Montana

2016 election

Rosendale was elected to become the Auditor of Montana in 2016, defeating Democrat Jesse Laslovich in concurrence with Donald Trump's landslide victory in the state in the presidential race.[1]


As Montana's state auditor, Rosendale fought to lower prescription drug prices,[2] despite opposition from Big Pharma in addition to the state's leftist governor Steve Bullock.[3] Rosendale also worked to reduce statewide healthcare costs, successfully lowering premium costs.[4]

2018 Senate run

See: 2018 Midterm elections

Rosendale announced in July 2017 his run for U.S. Senate to challenge leftist Democrat Jon Tester,[5] calling out the latter over the “catastrophe of Obamacare”.[6] He later won the Republican primary,[7] having been endorsed by Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee. Despite strong conservative efforts, however, Rosendale lost the general election to Sen. Tester by less than 4% of the vote,[8] largely due to Tester's incumbency advantage, campaigning as a supposed “moderate”, as well as an overall blue wave in 2018.

2020 House run

See: United States House of Representatives elections, 2020

Rosendale announced in June 2019 his run for U.S. House of Representatives from Montana's at-large district after the seat was vacated by Greg Gianforte, who is running in 2020 in the statewide gubernatorial election.[9] His bid is endorsed by President Trump.[10] Rosendale won his party's primary election with a plurality of 48% of the vote,[11] and will face Democrat Kathleen Williams in the general election.


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