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Jon Bennion, Montana's deputy attorney general, announced Thursday he's running for attorney general in 2020.

Bennion, a Republican, has been at the attorney general's office since 2013. He's originally from Billings.

"I was born and raised in Montana, I met the love of my life in Montana, and we have raised our son in Montana. I’m running for attorney general because I care about our state and I want to continue fighting for it,” Bennion said in a press release Thursday.

State Rep. Kimberly Dudik, a Democrat from Missoula, announced her bid for attorney general in December.

Current Attorney General Tim Fox is termed out from running again and is seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

In the press release, Bennion highlighted his work on conservative causes, such as pro-life and Second Amendment cases and challenging the Obama Administration's Waters of the U.S. rule.

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At the Department of Justice, Bennion has worked on legislative efforts including human trafficking law reforms, DUI laws, sexual assault laws and consumer protection efforts. In the previous three legislative sessions, Bennion worked on the passage of all 40 legislative priorities from the DOJ.

He's also played a role in other department initiatives, including a task force on sexual assault evidence kits and efforts to reduce substances abuse. Bennion is also co-chair of the Colstrip Community Impact Advisory Group.

Bennion and his wife, Jessi, live in Clancy with their son, Jack.

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State Bureau reporter for The Independent Record.

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