Rosendale running to keep Montana House seat

By Ally Mutnick, Burgess Everett | 02/29/2024 06:39 AM EST

Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale had announced a Senate bid but abandoned it following opposition from former President Donald Trump.

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) talks with reporters

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) at the Capitol in October. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Montana Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale will seek reelection to the House, he announced in a statement Wednesday.

Rosendale launched a Senate campaign earlier this month, only to drop it after less than a week following former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his primary opponent, Tim Sheehy.

But he was undecided on whether he would seek reelection to his eastern Montana House seat. Several candidates have filed, believing Rosendale would run for Senate. It’s not clear if they would remain in the primary if the incumbent ran again.


Among those already in the race: former Rep. Denny Rehberg, state Auditor Troy Downing, state Senate President Pro Tem Ken Bogner and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen.