- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke is being challenged by Democrat Denise Juneau and Libertarian Rick Breckenridge as he seeks a second term in Montana’s at-large seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Here are details about the candidates:

Candidate: Ryan Zinke

Party: Republican

Age: 54

Hometown: Whitefish

Birthplace: Bozeman. Raised in Whitefish

College Education: Bachelor’s degree in science, University of Oregon, 1984. Master’s in business administration, National University, 1999. Master’s in global leadership, University of San Diego, 2003.

Professional career: U.S. Navy SEAL, 1985-2008, including special operations officer in Europe; operations in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo; SEAL team commander and deputy commander of special forces in Iraq, 2003. Established Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command. Awarded two Bronze Stars in 2006.

Political experience: Montana state senate, 2009-2013. Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, 2012. Elected to U.S. House, 2014.


Denise Juneau

Party: Democrat

Age: 49

Hometown: Helena

Birthplace: Oakland, California. Juneau’s family moved to Montana when she was a toddler and she grew up in Billings and on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning.

College education: Bachelor’s degree in English from Montana State University, 1993. Master’s in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Law degree from University of Montana, 1994

Professional career: High school teacher, 1994-1997. Instructional specialist with Office of Public Instruction, 1998-2001. Montana Supreme Court law clerk, 2004-2005. Private attorney, 2005-2006. Division administrator, Office of Public Instruction, 2006-2008. Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2009-present.

Political Experience: Two terms as Montana superintendent of public instruction.


Candidate: Rick Breckenridge

Party: Libertarian

Age: 57

Hometown: Proctor.

Birthplace: Chiloquin, Oregon. Moved to Montana in 1992.

College Education: Associate degree in engineering, 1985, Oregon Institute of Technology. Bachelor’s degree in surveying, Oregon Institute of Technology, 1987.

Professional career: U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve, 1977-1994, resigned commissioned as captain. Surveyor, U.S. Bureau of Land Management 1984-1992. Developed mapping system for Flathead County, 1993-2003. Private land surveying practice, 2003-present.

Political experience: Lake County Republican Party, 2008-2013, including two years as chairman.

Sources: Candidates, campaigns.

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