Rep. Brad Tschida announces candidacy for Senate seat; Sands termed out

Rep. Brad Tschida

After serving four terms in the Montana House of Representatives, Rep. Brad Tschida this week announced his plans to run for the state Senate.

Tschida, a Missoula Republican who was elected House Majority Leader in 2019, looks to represent Senate District 49.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Sen. Diane Sands, who is termed out.

“Voters sent me to Helena four consecutive times to fight for smaller government, fiscal responsibility, our Second Amendment Rights, access to public lands, and the sanctity of human life,” Tscheda said in a press release. “I will continue to represent these values in the Montana State Senate.”

Tschida currently represents House District 97, which includes the areas of Lolo, Alberton and parts of Missoula. He said he was encouraged to run for the Senate seat by colleagues, friends and family.

“Western Montana voters know where I stand. My voting record is consistent as well as my willingness to remain accessible to my constituents,” he said.