Candidate Profile: Fred Anderson (R) House District 20

Editor’s note: This is another in our series of profiles for local legislative candidates. Each state House and Senate candidate in the Great Falls area was given the opportunity to submit, in their own words, a brief profile outlining why they’re running, what party they represent and why they are the best candidate for the position. You can see the full list of local candidates here.

Democrat Keaton Sunchild is the other candidate in House District 20 and did not respond to our request for a profile.

I am running for re-election as the Representative for House District #20 because I believe I have the desired experience, insight and leadership to represent the constituents of House District #20 as well as the people of Montana very effectively.

I was raised on the family ranch in Central Montana where I developed a very strong work ethic and the value of integrity. I earned a Bachelor’s degree from MSU Northern (then Northern Montana College) and my Master’s and PhD degrees at Colorado State University. Throughout the years, I have owned a small business, worked construction and operated heavy equipment, as well as having served as a public school teacher and administrator for 45 years. During my lifetime, I have been privileged to serve in in many leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. I feel that this is a good opportunity to give back to my community and the State that I love.

I am running for office as a Republican because I believe in a set of principles that transcend specific policy issues. These principles derive directly from the wisdom of America’s Founders, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. These principles have been a corner stone in the development of my values as a business owner, public servant and as a family man.

I believe that I am the best candidate for the position of Representative for House District #20 because I listen to constituent’s concerns and attempt to provide common sense solutions to address their needs; while treating everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve. My diverse experience base combined with a strong education foundation provide me the insight to quantify the challenges facing our State and develop fiscally sound solutions.

My performance during the last Legislative session earned me the “Champion for Business” award from the State Chamber of Commerce, the “Silver Windmill” award from the Montana Farm Bureau as well as commendations from the Montana Troopers and the Montana Medical Association. I am currently serving a Vice Chairman of the Interim Education Committee for the Montana State Legislature and feel that the knowledge and experience I gained, while serving during the past legislative session, can only be of benefit if re-elected to this position.

My web site for the H.D. #20 campaign is

The e mail account is

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