Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte got his first Democratic challenger for the 2018 midterm election on Monday when attorney John Heenan announced his candidacy.
Heenan said he plans to use his experience as a consumer protection lawyer and focus on access to “quality, affordable health care” in Washington, the Spokesman Review reported
According to his profile page on the Bishop, Heenan & Davies law firm’s page, Heenan says he worked as a truck driver, fork lift operator and teamster intern after graduating from college, “helping him learn the value of hard work and an honest paycheck.”
He began his legal practice by serving as a law clerk for Chief U.S. District Court Judge Richard F. Cebull before going into private practice. He lives with his wife and four children in Billings.
Gianforte was later sentenced to undergo anger management and community service but avoided jail time.
Despite the national attention for his assault on the reporter, Gianforte won the special election thanks in part to exorbitant amounts of outside spending in the race and that most Montanans had already cast their ballots through early voting before the incident.