Tim Sheehy announces 2024 bid to challenge incumbent Sen. John Tester in key Senate race.
Navy SEAL veteran and successful entrepreneur, Tim Sheehy, declared his 2024 campaign for U.S. Senate in Montana on Tuesday, positioning himself as a part of the "new generation of leadership" America needs.
Sheehy, who chose to announce his candidacy via Fox News Digital, aims to seize the seat from incumbent Sen. John Tester, D-Mont. The challenger candidly discussed America's thirst for a shift in governance, stating, "From inflation to our border to our deficit, America is ready for change. And I think it's time for a new generation of leaders to step up."
Sheehy's candidacy brings fresh intrigue to the 2024 election cycle, with his race closely watched nationwide. His potential victory could influence the balance of power in the Senate. Yet, Sheehy remains focused on unity, drawing from his experiences in war, "When the chips are down, there is really only one political party - and that's American."
A decorated war veteran, Sheehy's service spanned across Iraq, Afghanistan, South America, and the Pacific region, earning him a Bronze Star with Valor and Purple Heart Medal. Following his military service, Sheehy established multiple businesses while raising four children with his wife, Carmen, herself a Marine veteran.
After being wounded in combat, Sheehy channeled his drive and determination into entrepreneurship, creating jobs domestically. "And those jobs are all still in service of this country, fighting wildfires and building critical protective gear for our troops," Sheehy said.
Sheehy stands as the CEO of Bridger Aerospace, a company renowned for building aerial firefighting aircraft. His leadership shines a spotlight on the bureaucracy hindering forest management and wildfire suppression in the U.S. Advocating for local control over land management, Sheehy argued against the existing "2000 mile away environmental policies," promoting a "common sense land management policy that's rooted in local governance and business principles" instead.
Apart from creating over 200 jobs through Bridger Aerospace, Sheehy also expanded Ascent Vision Technologies and established Little Belt Cattle Company, a local beef production enterprise. Proud of his role in generating local jobs, Sheehy highlighted the importance of careers "that exist here in our state."
Sheehy's campaign hinges on the principle of reducing federal interference and applying business-like efficiency to government. He argues that Montanans are seeking a "commonsense government that runs like a business," particularly in matters like the national deficit, border security, and education.
According to Sheehy, the reason for the Republican gain in Montana, the only state-wide Democrat seat, is due to the Democrats' shift away from the cultural values cherished by the residents. "I think the Democrat Party has left Montana. I think Montanans have always been socially conservative, hardworking people that have a mindset of accountability and get'er done."
Sheehy underscored the challenge for the incumbent Tester and his party, known for advocating for "more government, not less," in the current political climate.
With no other Republican contenders yet stepping forward for the Senate primary, Sheehy remains the leading voice of the GOP in Montana. The candidate invites scrutiny of his track record, stating, "I've been wounded in combat. I've led hundreds of missions and put it all on the line for all Americans, Republicans and Democrats."
Former President Donald Trump, who also seeks a second term in 2024, previously won Montana in both the 2016 and 2020 elections. While Sheehy is uncertain of Trump's role in the Montana Senate primary, he maintains their previous conversation was "very positive."
In his announcement, Sheehy depicted incumbent Sen. Tester as a career politician who has strayed from Montana values. He voiced his commitment to standing against the Democratic Party's policies and called for fresh leadership to rebuild America. "Like any good politician, Jon talks one way but votes another. Montanans have had enough of these career politicians who are full of empty promises and are not representing our Montana values. It’s time for a new generation of leadership to rebuild America."