Today, Republican Jon Bennion announced his campaign for Attorney General of Montana for the 2020 election. Jon is a native Montanan from Billings and currently serves as the state’s Chief Deputy Attorney General under Tim Fox.
“I was born and raised in Montana, I met the love of my life in Montana, and we have raised our son in Montana. I’m running for Attorney General because I care about our state and I want to continue fighting for it,” Bennion said.
During his fourteen-year legal career, Bennion has made numerous appearances in the Montana Supreme Court and in federal court on a variety of constitutional, criminal appellate, natural resource and business cases. During his time working for Attorney General Fox, he has played a role in fighting against the Obama’s Administration’s war on coal and Waters of the U.S. rule, defending pro-life laws, and championing Second Amendment rights.
“Throughout my time as the state’s Chief Deputy Attorney General, I’ve learned what it takes to effectively run the Department of Justice on behalf of all Montanans. I know I will be a successful advocate on day one and improve public safety, fight government overreach, and protect our most vulnerable citizens. Montana is a better place for having had a strong conservative in the Attorney General’s Office since 2013, and I will work to ensure that continues.”
Jon has led the Department of Justice’s efforts to pass significant legislative reforms, including the nation’s top human trafficking laws, tougher DUI laws, improved justice for victims of sexual assault, protecting consumers, the elderly and the disabled, cracking down on sex offenders, and more. During the 2013, 2015, and 2017 legislative sessions, Jon was instrumental in getting all 40 of the Department of Justice’s legislative priorities signed into law.
In the past six years, Jon has also spearheaded several key initiatives, including chairing the state’s task force on sexual assault evidence kits, leading the Department’s program on combatting substance abuse, and co-chairing the state’s Colstrip Community Impact Advisory Group.
“Principled and effective leadership is the product of hard work, collaboration, and focusing on solutions,” said Bennion. “Montanans expect these traits in the people they elect to public office, and that’s what they will get if they elect me their next Attorney General.”
Jon and his wife Jessi have one son, Jack. They live in Clancy.