Latest February Updates from the Montana Republican Party


Senator Steve Daines

Sen. Daines joins Martha McCallum on Fox to talk border funding bill – A fifth-generation Montanan, Steve Daines brings 28 years of private-sector business experience to Washington, D.C. as he serves the people of Montana in the U.S. Senate. Watch on Youtube →


Congressman Ryan Zinke

GOP Rep Zinke alleges husband of primary opponent punched staff member – Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., on Monday alleged that the husband of his primary opponent assaulted one of his staff members during a campaign event over the weekend Read more at →

Connect to Congress: Zinke live on federal budget, foreign aid, and immigration – Congressman Ryan Zinke stopped by NBC Montana Today’s studio on Wednesday for a live interview that included questions about the federal budget, economy, spending for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, and proposed immigration legislation. Read more at →

Zinke debuts bill to limit privatizing public lands – Congressman Ryan Zinke announced on Monday that he is putting forward the “Public Lands in Public Hands” bill to limit the privatization of public lands.Read more at →

Daines, Zinke recognize local service academy nominees – In a small meeting room on the second floor of a hotel in Bozeman on Monday, to-be high school graduates and their parents socialized as they waited for Sen. Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke to arrive.Read more at →

Montana U.S. representatives vote with House to impeach Mayorkas – The Republican-led House succeeded in its second attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a 214-213 vote Tuesday. Read more at →


Congressman Matt Rosendale

GOP Representative Rosendale Vows to Use Budgeting Process to Protect Female Veterans from VA Trans Intrusion – GOP representative Matt Rosendale (Mont.) said over the weekend that he plans to protect female veterans’ medical spaces at VA facilities from male encroachment through the budgeting process for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read more on →

REP. ROSENDALE RELEASES STATEMENT ON RECOVERING GRIZZLY BEAR POPULATION IN MONTANA – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) released the following statement after the deadline for the 12-month status review of grizzly bear delisting in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) and Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) passed. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →

REP. ROSENDALE JOINS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN IMPEACHING ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02), joined the House of Representatives in Impeaching Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas. Rep. Rosendale was an original co-sponsor of the articles of impeachment against Secretary Mayorkas that were introduced in November. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →


Governor Greg Gianforte

Governor Gianforte, 13 Governors Visit Southern Border – “We have an invasion at the southern border and President Biden is sitting on his hands,” Gov. Gianforte said. “Montana stands with Governor Abbott and the men and women in uniform as they work to protect the American people from the drugs and terrorists pouring across our border.” Read more at Gov. Gianforte’s website →

Governor Gianforte Defends Youth Health Protection Act – Governor Greg Gianforte on Friday filed a brief to the Montana Supreme Court to defend the Youth Health Protection Act, reaffirming his commitment to protect children from permanent, life-alerting medical procedures. Read more at Gov. Gianforte’s website →


Attorney General Austin Knudsen

The Fox News Rundown: “A Right To Privacy”: Credit Cards Companies To Track Gun Purchases – Major credit card companies will soon allow banks to monitor customer firearm and ammunition purchases, potentially allowing these companies to flag suspicious purchases and report them to law enforcement. Attorney General Austin Knudsen joins Fox News Rundown to discuss what this law means for the rights of gun owners, their privacy, and the “precarious position” it puts these private companies in. Listen to the Podcast →

Republican AGs Push Back Against Biden Admin Plan To Expand IRS Authority – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is leading a group of Republican Attorneys General pushing back against the Biden administration’s latest plan to further empower the IRS, the Daily Caller has learned. Twelve other state AG’s joined Knudsen in objecting to the IRS’ expansion into direct preparation and filing of tax returns scheduled to begin in 2024. Read more at →

JPMorgan, State Street quit climate group, BlackRock steps back – The decisions together remove nearly $14 trillion of total assets from efforts to coordinate Wall Street action on tackling climate change and came after the coalition, known as Climate Action 100+, or CA100+, asked signatories to take stronger action over laggards. Last March a group of Republican attorneys general co-led by Austin Knudsen questioned most of the largest U.S. asset managers about their membership in the industry groups and described what it called “potential unlawful coordination” within CA100+. Read more →


Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen

MT Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen officially files for re-election – Jacobsen currently serves as Secretary of State of Montana and previously served as an administrator for the Montana State Auditor’s office and the MT Department of Justice. In 2016, she was announced as chief of staff for her predecessor, former Secretary of State, Corey Stapleton. Read more on →

How Secretary of State Races Became Key Focus in Election Integrity Battle – In the wake of the 2020 election, focus sharpened on the 41 state secretaries of state that manage elections; a once obscure position has become a battleground. Read more at →

State executive offices up for election in Montana this year – Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen filed for a second four-year term earlier this month, telling MTN she promised voters not to seek higher office while she was still eligible to run for this one. She said she considers her first term to be a success, and she plans to point to record business registrations in the state and reduced red tape. Read more on →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen: ‘More than 20 candidate filings processed this week’ – Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen says candidates filing for the offices of Governor and Attorney General highlighted the week of candidate filing in the Secretary of State’s Office. Another candidate also emerged for the Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice race. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Photos of 2024 Candidate Filings on Sec. of State Jacobsen’s Facebook →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen: ‘More than 5,200 new business registrations in January 2024’ – “We were proud to announce Montana had another record year of new business registration in 2023,” Secretary Jacobsen said, “and we’re beginning 2024 with more Montanans creating their businesses. Our office is honored to serve them as they begin their journey.” Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Montana Business Spotlight: Big Sky Decon ‘making a big difference’ with decontamination products – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen has continued to visit with businesses across the Treasure State during her first term in office, including a Made in Montana company that’s turning heads with its goal to enhance public safety. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen thanks state, local election officials for attending certification training – “I’m grateful to our state and local election officials for the work they do each day to provide safe, secure, transparent, and accessible elections for all Montanans,” said Secretary Jacobsen. “Voters rely on the Montana Election Team, from the Secretary of State’s Office to the county election administrators and the election workers, and we’re honored to serve them as we prepare for the upcoming 2024 elections.” Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

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Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

Superintendent Arntzen’s Telework Policy Proves to be Fiscally Responsible – Superintendent Arntzen will save Montana taxpayers $259,775 between State Fiscal Years 2024 and 2025 by consolidating the Office of Public Instruction’s (OPI) office buildings from two to one. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Offers Updates on the Implementation of the Early Literacy Targeted Interventions Program – Superintendent Arntzen is actively implementing HB 352, Early Literacy Targeted Intervention Program, 20-7-1803, MCA. This program enhances early literacy learning in Montana schools by offering optional classroom-based, home-based, and jumpstart programs for eligible students. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Releases Montana’s 2023 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results – Superintendent Arntzen has released the statewide results for the 2023 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which assesses six health-risk behaviors that result in the most significant morbidity, mortality, and social problems among students. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Seeks Feedback for Two Economic Impact Statements – Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is encouraging all Montanans to complete an economic impact survey for feedback on revisions to two sets of teaching and learning standards. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen to Host Ninth Community Discussion on Implementation of Public Charter Schools – Superintendent Arntzen will host the ninth monthly virtual community discussion focusing on the implementation of HB 549, Authorizing establishment of public charter schools by Representative Fred Anderson. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →


Commissioner Troy Downing

State Farm to pay $2 million to settle complaints over underpaid claims – Montana’s state auditor found that State Farm paid drivers less than they were owed after accidents. State Auditor Troy Downing said the settlement shows the crucial role citizens can play. Read more at →

State Auditor’s Office teaches Great Falls seniors how to prevent fraud – Staff from the Montana State Auditor Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Office (CSIMT) came to the Highgate Senior Living Facility on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, as part of a larger series of presentations that they are giving around the state. Read more at →

A cautionary tale: Scam victim shares her story to warn susceptible others – Read more at →