Current Public Service Commissioner Brad Johnson has decided to run for the newly announced 2nd congressional seat now slated for the State of Montana. Following data provided by the US Census Bureau, Montana’s population once again warrants a 2nd member in the US House of Representatives.
Currently, Representative Matt Rosendale is the lone House member representing Montana in Washington D.C. Rosendale has been applauded on several occasions by the Montana Daily Gazette for his strong stand on liberty and penchant for smaller government, and we expect Johnson, if elected, to stand on those same core principles.
Johnson is no stranger to Montana politics as he has been on the political scene since 2004 when he served as Montana’s Secretary of State from 2004-2008. Johnson made two more bids to regain his SOS seat after he was defeated in 2008, with his latest attempt being in 2020 where he lost in the Republican primary to current Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen.
Since 2015, Johnson has served on the five-member Public Service Commission representing District 5, where he currently serves as Vice-Chairman. Johnson’s term with the PSC ends in 2023, which is right on time for a congressional bid.
Montana Daily Gazette was unable to reach Johnson for comment on this article, but hopefully, he will appear soon on Montana Gazette Radio to discuss his election platform live on-air.