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Austin Knudsen

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Austin Knudsen
25th Attorney General of Montana
Assumed office
January 4, 2021
GovernorGreg Gianforte
Preceded byTim Fox
53rd Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives
In office
January 5, 2015 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byMark Blasdel
Succeeded byGreg Hertz
Member of the Montana House of Representatives
from the 34th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 7, 2019
Preceded byJulie French
Succeeded byRhonda Knudsen
Personal details
Born1980/1981 (age 39–40)[1]
Political partyRepublican
RelativesRhonda Knudsen (mother)
EducationMontana State University (BA, BS)
University of Montana (JD)

Austin Knudsen is an American attorney and politician serving as the Attorney General of Montana. He formerly served as the Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019.[2][3] During his time in the Montana House from 2010 to 2018, he represented House District 36, which represents the Culbertson area.[4]

Early life and education

Knudsen was raised in Culbertson, Montana. He earned a Bachelor of Science in sociology and Bachelor of Arts in political science from Montana State University. He then earned a Juris Doctor from the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana.[5][6]

Montana House of Representatives

Knudsen was elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 2010 and took office in 2011. From 2015 to 2019, Knudsen served as the Speaker of the Montana House.

In a 2016 op-ed in The Montana Standard, Knudsen expressed opposition to President Barack Obama's policy regarding allowing Syrian refugees to enter the United States. In an op-ed, Knudsen cited his grandfather's immigration from Denmark and claimed that Syrian refugees were not required to assimilate to American culture, and that "Much of this Muslim culture is foreign and strange to us."[7]

Knudsen was unable to seek re-election to the House in 2018 due to term limits.


In 2017, Knudsen authored a number of pieces of legislation. He introduced bills to:[8]

Attorney General of Montana

In May 2019, Knudsen announced his candidacy for Attorney General of Montana in the 2020 election.[9] Knudsen defeated Jon Bennion, the state deputy attorney general, in the Republican primary. He defeated Raph Graybill[10] in the November general election.[11][12]

Electoral history

Montana’s 36th District House of Representatives election, 2016[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Knudsen 4,278 77.49
Democratic Evelyn Carlisle 1,243 22.51
Total votes 5,521 100
Montana Attorney General election, 2020[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Knudsen 348,322 58.51
Democratic Raph Graybill 247,025 41.49
Total votes 595,347 100

Personal life

Knudsen is of Danish descent. In 1914, Knudsen's great-grandfather Hartvig Knudsen immigrated to the United States from Denmark when he was 17 years old. In 1917, he enlisted in the Army and served in World War I.[14] Knudsen and his wife, Christie, have three children.[15]


  1. ^ "Austin Knudsen 2020 Election Questionnaire". Montana Public Radio. May 21, 2020. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  2. ^ "Montana Legislature: House of Representatives". Archived from the original on 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  3. ^ Montana Legislature. "Knudsen, Austin". Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  4. ^ Archived from the original on 2019-08-02. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Austin Knudsen". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-07-24.
  6. ^ Austin Knudsen's Biography
  7. ^ KNUDSEN, AUSTIN. "Gianforte right on immigration". Retrieved 2020-07-24.
  8. ^ a b "Austin Knudsen - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  9. ^ "Austin Knudsen announces candidacy - Google Search". Retrieved 2020-07-24.
  10. ^ "Starkly different visions for MT's attorney general". Montana Free Press. 2020-06-05. Retrieved 2020-07-24.
  11. ^ Silvers, Mara (November 4, 2020). "Knudsen gets the nod for attorney general". Montana Free Press. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  12. ^ Mabie, Nora; Drake, Phil (November 4, 2020). "Republican Austin Knudsen wins attorney general race". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  13. ^ "Montana Statewide Election Results". Montana Secretary of State. November 3, 2020. Retrieved November 18, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Knudsen, Austin (2016-06-18). "Greg Gianforte right on immigration issue". Montana Standard. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  15. ^ "GOP former House speaker Knudsen joins 2020 attorney general race". KTVH. 2019-05-20. Retrieved 2020-07-24.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Blasdel
Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Greg Hertz
Legal offices
Preceded by
Tim Fox
Attorney General of Montana
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