Scott Roy McLean announced this week that he is running for the vacant seat in the Montana legislature held by Fred Thomas, who is term limited and therefore unable to run for that position again in 2020.
The district extends from Corvallis to Florence. The primary election is next June.
McLean is the owner of Montana Legacy Law, PLLC and Montana Legacy Realty, LLC, and he is a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the town of Stevensville.
McLean has worked for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee under Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch and he has worked on the campaign of current U.S. Senator Pat Toomey. While working for the Judiciary Committee, McLean worked on legal arguments opposing Obamacare.
McLean said his driving focus if elected will be to help protect Montanans from federal overreach.
McLean currently serves as general counsel for the Montana Young Republicans. He serves on the board of the American Lands Council and is a member of American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network. He is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association, the Federalist Society, and the Frontsite firearm training institute.
“I’m looking forward to keeping this seat in Republican hands when Senator Thomas steps down," McLean said. "We will need continued, steady, strong leadership. We don’t just want to hold the line, we want to proactively advance freedom in this state. If I can advance the cause of freedom in Montana, I will do whatever it takes."
McLean said he already has several bills ready to be introduced if elected.
"I already have a bill prepared to put a stop to the college culture of suppressing unpopular viewpoints and which forces schools to adhere to the First Amendment, or else colleges will lose their funding," he said. "I have a bill prepared that will allow for people to own and carry guns without fear of running afoul of Montana’s laws that don’t always comport with the spirit of the Second Amendment. We need to make it easier, not harder, for people to protect themselves and their families."