Adam Rosendale Resigns After Unethical Behavior Exposed
Helena — Over the weekend, Republican Representative Adam Rosendale, originally of Billings, resigned after it was discovered that he moved to Great Falls back in April.
In November 2016, Rosendale was elected to represent House District 51 in Billings. However, Rosendale confirmed to the Great Falls Tribune last week that he had moved 200 miles away to Great Falls less than six months later.
The reason? In part, to run for a state Senate seat.
But despite his move, Rosendale still voted on behalf of Billings during the Legislature’s Special Session, raising ethical and constitutional questions about his conduct. After the report from the Great Falls Tribune and calls from the Montana Democratic Party, Rosendale immediately resigned from the legislature.
“It is unclear to me how Adam Rosendale thought he could fulfill his constitutional duty to the people of Billings by moving to Great Falls less than six months after they elected him,” said Amanda Frickle, Director of the Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. “The first job of any legislator is to be accessible and accountable to their constituents, and you can’t do that from 200 miles away. Rosendale now wants to use the people of Great Falls as his next political opportunity, but it’s clear that he’ll abandon them the minute he sees something new on the horizon.”
Rosendale’s father, State Auditor Matt Rosendale, is originally from Maryland and is running to challenge third-generation Montanan Jon Tester in Montana’s Senate election next year.