Commissioner Matthew M. Rosendale, Sr.
Matt has called Montana home for a long time and established deep roots in the community. He and his family chose to live in Montana because Big Sky Country represents the values he and his family hold dear: God, liberty, and an individual’s right to rule himself or herself without the pressing hand of an intrusive government. Those basic and fundamental beliefs pushed Matt to run for public office, and he served in the state legislature representing Northeastern Montana for six years prior to his election as auditor. During Matt’s service in the legislature, he demonstrated a strong ability to work with elected officials from both parties to cut unnecessary spending and protect Montanans’ constitutional rights.
Before running for public office, Matt worked in real estate, real estate development, and land management where he built his small family business into a full-service firm. With his extensive background in managing various types of land, Matt brings unique skills and experience to the State Land Board, which generates millions of dollars to fund the Treasure State’s K-12 public education system through natural resource development and land management.
Matt and his wife Jean have been married for over 30 years. They own and operate their ranch north of Glendive where they raised their three sons. When Matt is not serving the people of Montana in Helena, you can find him fixing fence or hunting along the river bottom.
Matt Rosendale’s Mission as Commissioner
Matt works to ensure everyone is treated equally under the laws and rules that govern Montana’s securities and insurance industries. He advocates for Montana-made solutions to the unique challenges consumers face in our large, rural state. He firmly believes that government can learn a lot from the work ethic, honesty, and common sense of everyday Montanans.
Upon taking office as Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana State Auditor, Matt outlined five Guiding Principles for his office to pursue in service to the people of Montana:
- Advocate for consumers
Advocate for consumers of Montana insurance and security products in a fair and consistent manner.
- Expand market options to reduce costs
Expand the number of financially sound firms in our state to compete for the business of Montanans, in order to reduce costs and improve the quality of products and services.
- Coordinate with Montana’s congressional delegation and insurance industries
Work diligently with our federal delegation, health care providers, and insurers to reduce health care costs and improve access by expanding market options which accommodate individual needs and budgets, and respect personal choices.
- Reduce and eliminate unnecessary regulations
Reduce and eliminate regulations which hinder quality of service or increase the cost of products and services for consumers.
- Improve public access to public lands and responsibly manage natural resources
Work closely with the Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) and Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) to expand and improve public access to all public lands and responsibly manage state trust land resources.