May 20 2019 — Today, Austin Knudsen announced his candidacy for Montana Attorney General for the 2020 election. Austin is a 5th generation Montanan, Roosevelt County Attorney and former two-time Speaker of the House.
“I’ve never shied away from doing hard work in the name of what’s right, and I’m running for Attorney General because I believe our state’s biggest legal problems need real Montana solutions – not more of the same from Helena,” said Austin.
“Christie and I believe that Montanans deserve strong, principled, conservative leadership in the Attorney General’s office, and someone who will work with President Trump to keep our families safe and Montana’s economy going strong. There is simply too much at stake for us to sit on the sidelines.”
Austin operated a bustling law practice in his hometown of Culbertson prior to being elected to serve as Roosevelt County Attorney in 2018. While working full-time, Austin also served the maximum four terms as the Representative for House District 34, and was elected unanimously by his peers — Republicans and Democrats — to serve twice as the Speaker of the House in 2015 and 2017. He was the youngest Speaker in Montana history.
Austin was brought up on a working farm and ranch outside Culbertson. Austin put himself through college at Montana State University, where he met his wife Christie, and through law school at the University of Montana while he and Christie had their first child.