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Knudsen elected vice chair of the Republican AG association

by KATE HESTON
Hagadone News Network | November 23, 2022 12:00 AM

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen was elected vice chair of the Republican Attorney General Association (RAGA), a national political advocacy group, over the weekend.

Knudsen, a Montana native and former Montana Speaker of the House, was elected as Roosevelt County Attorney in 2018. He campaigned on fighting crime and sending violent offenders to jail.

In 2020, Knudsen ran and was elected as the Montana Attorney General. He employed a similar platform — ending illegal drug trafficking statewide and cutting down on violence — during that campaign. He has served as attorney general since January 2021.

Knudsen rose to the vice chair position

“As former speaker of the Montana House and now as attorney general, Austin Knudsen has demonstrated his effective, conservative leadership and earned the trust of Montanans," said RAGA Executive Director Peter Bisbee in a statement. “Knudsen is not afraid to upset the status quo in defense of the Constitution and states' rights, which allows Montana's interests to take priority over unlawful mandates and regulations coming out of Washington, D.C.”

In a statement released by the Montana Republican Party, Chair Don Kaltschmidt applauded Knudsen’s new appointment, saying that it is “great to see Montana leadership at the national level.”

As vice chairman, Knudsen will take regular calls and hold meetings with the attorneys general for the purposes of fundraising, litigation strategy and more, including political decisions about what will happen in the three upcoming attorney general races in Louisiana, Mississippi and Kentucky.

According to Johnny Koremenos, the deputy executive director of the Republican Attorney General Association, Knudsen will have a big part in shaping how the association will promote their candidates in those three states.

Knudsen was previously chair of the rule of law defense fund for the national association. His election came at the same time as the group voted to make Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall the association’s chair.

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