Montana’s current State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale came out on top in a crowded field of Republican candidates for the nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s primary election.

Rosendale said he realizes the challenges facing Montana’s lone voice in the next term of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“As we move forward we must focus on Montana businesses in helping them overcome these challenges and get back to growing our economy,” said Rosendale. “That’s basically going to be job number one, and I look forward to putting my business background and my proven record of success in my office to work for the people of Montana.”

Rosendale said he has years of real-world experience to put to work if and when he gets to Washington, D.C.

“I don’t have to speak in theoretical terms, I can actually point to my record, whether we’re in office or whether we’re talking about my record as a successful businessman,” he said. “In office I’ve been able to reduce the size of government and reduce my expenses and regulations, and yet I also was able to reduce the cost of healthcare insurance for people across the state.”

With the U.S. House seat being only a two year term, Rosendale was asked how long he intends to remain in office, should he be elected.

“My plans are to represent the people of this state,” he said. “If they want to keep me in the United States Congress, even though I am a firm believer in term limits, I’m willing to go up and take a shift, and then come back to my ranch and enjoy my children and eventually my grandchildren. However, I will serve the folks in Congress as long as they would like to keep me there.”

Rosendale defeated Corey Stapleton, Joe Dooling, Mark McGinley, Debra Lamm, and John Evancovich for the Republican nomination.

Rosendale will face Democrat Kathleen Williams in the November general election.

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