Thanks for your interest in my campaign for Attorney General of our great state! I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. I’m currently the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Montana. I’ve worked under Attorney General Tim Fox since 2013 and oversee the Legal Services Division in the Montana Department of Justice.
I was born and raised in Billings and graduated from Skyview High school in 1996. I later got my Bachelor’s degree in 2001 and law degree in 2005, both from the University of Montana.
I’ve never run for public office, but I believe my experience and core values of family, service, and hard work make me an ideal candidate for the office of Attorney General. I’ve appeared numerous times before the Montana Supreme Court, as well as federal court, on a variety of constitutional, criminal appellate, natural resource and business law cases. During my time with Attorney General Fox, I’ve fought for Montana, playing a leading role in fighting against the Obama administration’s war on coal, the Waters of the U.S. rule, and the online sales tax. I’ve defended pro-life laws and I’ve championed Second Amendment rights.
In the past six years I’ve spearheaded key initiatives in the Montana Department of Justice. I chair the task force on sexual assault kits – an initiative that not only improved the state’s response to sexual assault, but also gathered and tested all unsubmitted sexual assault kits from around Montana dating back to the 1990s. I am spearheading Aid Montana, the initiative on combatting substance abuse and addiction.
When it comes to working with Montana’s legislature, I have invested a tremendous amount of time and effort into improving laws on driving under the influence, sexual assault, protecting the elderly and the disabled, consumer protection, accountability for sex offenders, and more. In the 40 bills the Department introduced in 2013, 2015, and 2017, all 40 reforms passed.
Prior to joining the Montana Department of Justice, I represented and advocated for small businesses and the concerns of Montana’s entrepreneurs. I worked to successfully pass state legislation on tax relief, workers’ compensation premium reductions, regulatory reform, and more. In 2005-2006, I clerked for a state district court judge in Billings.
I married the love of my life, Jessi, in 2004. She is currently completing a PhD in political science. We have a son, Jack, who is nine years old. We live in Clancy. In my free time, I enjoy woodcarving for my micro-business, Bennion Lumber, and spending time in Montana’s great outdoors.
I have a passion for volunteering and believe in giving back to the community. I’ve been a big brother at Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2007. I’m a member of the Helena Symphony Chorale and my local church choir. I’ve written and illustrated four children’s books to help explain my son’s disabilities to his classmates, in order to encourage inclusion for all kids. In 2018, I participated in and graduated from the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.
One of my proudest personal achievements was co-authoring and passing Montana’s ABLE Act in 2015, a law that allows Montanans with disabilities to save money to spend on expenses related to their disability, without impacting their eligibility for critical government assistance. I currently chair the Montana ABLE Act Oversight Committee and it is a joy to serve in that capacity.
If you’ve read this far, I thank you for your time. I also ask for your vote. Your support will allow me to continue serving the citizens of Montana.