Baucus Announces Re-Election Bid

By Beacon Staff

HELENA (AP) – Montana’s U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says he’s seeking re-election for a sixth term.

The 66-year-old Democrat has been raising millions of dollars for his campaign fund, and the decision to run again was expected.

Baucus last faced a serious challenge in 1996, when current U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg ran against him.

This year, he is being challenged by two Republicans, former Montana House Majority Leader Michael Lange and Billings resident Kirk Bushman.

Baucus has stockpiled about $9 million so far, according to January campaign finance reports.

Baucus, first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978, is likely to tout his experience and position as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.