Former Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy announced his 2024 campaign for the U.S. Senate in a video released Tuesday, promising to “create a better future” for the next generation.
Sheehy, who became a Montana businessman following his time in the service, would face Democrat Sen. Jon Tester in the 2024 election if he secures the Republican nomination.
According to the Daily Caller, Sen. Steve Daines, National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, encouraged Sheehy to enter the Republican primary race. Sheehy is expected to face Rep. Matt Rosendale, a member of the House Freedom Caucus.
Sheehy’s campaign website highlights the Montana businessman’s decorated service as a Navy SEAL officer and team leader. Sheehy was deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, South America and the Pacific region during his multiple deployments and hundreds of missions in the service.
According to his campaign website, Sheehy received honors such as the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Valor for Heroism in Combat.
Sharing his 2024 campaign announcement in a video message on social media, Sheehy explained that he was motivated to join the military as a Navy SEAL by the events of 9/11. Sheehy noted that he met his wife Carmen in the military and that they both served in Afghanistan.
Following their time in the service, Sheehy said the couple moved to Montana to raise their family and launch a business.
“Together, we built one of the largest aerial firefighting companies in America, created over 200 Montana jobs, and started a veteran-led cattle ranching and feeding operation,” he said.
Sheehy’s campaign website describes him as a “strong conservative” with a positive perspective on the future of America. Sheehy promises to serve the American people with “honor, dedication, and humility,” as he fights for “every hardworking Montanan and their family.”
Sheehy believes “we all need to work together” to “restore American greatness” by pushing policies that reduce inflation, promote a “strong economy,” and provide “high-paying jobs” for the people of Montana.
“Whether it was in war or business, I see problems and solve them. America needs conservative leaders who love our country, and that’s why I’m running for the United States Senate,” Sheehy said in his campaign announcement. “I want to create a better future for my kids, and your children and grandchildren. Our campaign is about service, God and country, not politics as usual.”