Laurie Bishop announces run for Congress

By 
Lydia Ely – Enterprise Staff Writer
Thursday, July 1, 2021
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Laurie Bishop is pictured in Livingston.

Democratic state representative Laurie Bishop announced Thursday morning in a press conference she is running to represent Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 election.

Bishop is running for the seat that opened up after the U.S. Census count gave Montana a second congressional seat.

Bishop has lived in Livingston since 1996 and represented House District 60 in the Montana Legislature since 2016. Outside of the Legislature, Bishop is the director of the Montana Afterschool Alliance. She said her background lies strongly in youth development and support.

In an interview with The Enterprise on Monday, Bishop identified HD 60 as a “really good litmus test for the kinds of issues that (she thinks) Montana and statewide are struggling with thinking about.” 

She went on to highlight issues she’s also prioritized in the state Legislature, such as mental health, public lands, housing and childcare — issues she said all Montanans care about.

If she makes it to Washington, Bishop said she wants to approach the job in a similar way she did at the state level, by focusing on things all Montanans agree on and representing the desires of the wider state.

“We all woke up in the morning and wanted to make Montana a better place, right? Like getting to walk in the building and focus on commonality, it's a really unique way to think about those differences,” she said.

Bishop joins four other candidates who have demonstrated significant interest in running, either via public announcement or filings with the Federal Election Commission, notably, former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and incumbent Rep. Matt Rosendale, both Republicans, have both indicated an intention to run.

Montana’s single at-large congressional district will be divided in two after the 2020 census reapportionment earned a second representative for the state. District lines will be drawn in November. Until then, candidates will not know their district boundaries and electoral opponents.

When asked what she wants Montanans to take from her campaign, Bishop answered with one word, “hope,” then added, “For many people I know in my community and I think across the state, this feels like a really challenging time in our state. It feels like one where they don't feel that their interests are being represented, and I want them to feel a sense of excitement and trust that that they're heard and they're seen.”

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