State Sen. Matt Rosendale, R-Glendive, says he is definitely considering running for either U.S. Senate or U.S. House in 2014.
“I’m taking a good, hard look at it,” Rosendale told the Herald this week.
If Rosendale does seek a national office, it would not be in a race against current U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont. “I believe he has done a good job representing Montana,” Rosendale said of Daines. “I don’t think it will be in the best interest to primary him.”
There is speculation, however, that Daines, who is serving his first term in the House, will run for the U.S. Senate seat being left open by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus’ announced retirement.
Candidates can first file for elections in January. “We have a lot of time to work on it,” Rosendale said.
After serving in the state House for two years, Rosendale is serving his first term in the state Senate. For the past month, Rosendale has traveled across the state to measure the support he would receive in a state-wide race.
“It’s been pretty tremendous,” Rosendale said.
The Maryland native doesn’t feel being from rural eastern Montana would hurt his chances of being successful in an election. “I don’t based on the support I’ve received in the last 30 days.”
He says the biggest concern that Montana residents have is the growing dependency on the federal government. Rosendale notes the amount of the state’s budget that relies on federal funds has increased from 30 percent to 40 percent. “That is accompanied by additional regulations. Too many regulations are placed on this and every other state.”
Rosendale added those regulations include developing natural resources. He thinks natural resources should be developed in the state the way that Montanans, instead of the federal government, feel they should be developed.
“People want someone who feels the same way they do,” Rosendale said. “People know I’m not beholden to anyone.”
During the past session, Rosendale served as vice chair for the finance and claims committee. He also was a member of the transportation and natural resources committees.
“I really feel privilege to represent the folks of Montana,” Rosendale said. “I always feel honored of the support they have given me.”