HELENA - Congressman Greg Gianforte announced Friday he is running for Governor.
The Republican from Montana made the announcement at the annual Montana GOP convention.
Gianforte received a standing ovation from the after his announcement, and told supporters he wants to bring change to Montana.
"The consensus is to really focus on the governor's office, because it's been in single party control for 16 years and it's really where we think we can do the most good for the most folks," Gianforte said.
He will face off against Attorney General Tim Fox and State Senator Al Olszewski in the Republican primary. Fox says he's disappointed Gianforte didn't defend his seat in the house.
Fox said, "Less than 8 months ago Greg told us he wanted to again be reelected as Montana's lone congressman, a very important seat, but now he has switched gears and decided he wants to run for governor again."
Olszewski says he's glad Gianforte entered the race so voters will have choices in the primary.
Secretary of State Corey Stapleton has also announced he plans to run for governor, but party insiders say he is now considering running for Gianforte's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gianforte ran for governor in 2016 and lost to Steve Bullock in a tight race.
Gianforte was elected in 2017 in a special election to fill a seat vacated by Ryan Zinke, who was tapped to be interior secretary. Gianforte was re-elected to his first full term in Congress in 2018.