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Former state House speaker Knudsen running for attorney general

Attorney General Austin Knudsen

Attorney General Austin Knudsen

Former state Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen, a Republican from Culbertson, announced Monday he's running in the 2020 election to be attorney general.

The position is open as Attorney General Tim Fox, a Republican, is termed out from running for reelection and launched a bid for governor earlier this year.

Knudsen joins Republican Jon Bennion, the chief deputy attorney general under Fox, who said in February he was running for AG.

Knudsen made the announcement in a Facebook post Monday morning.

He is the Roosevelt County attorney, a job he ran for after being termed out of the state House, where he spent four sessions.

Knudsen was Speaker of the House in both 2015, when he was the youngest elected to that position, and 2017.

Knudsen grew up outside Bainville on his family's farm and ranch and attended Montana State University, followed by law school at the University of Montana. After law school, he was employed at a law firm in Plentywood and later opened his own own practice in Culbertson.

Knudsen and his wife, Christie, have three children.

Two Democrats have announced their bids for the office, state Rep. Kimberly Dudik of Missoula and Raph Graybill, Gov. Steve Bullock's chief legal counsel.


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