McGinley files for U.S. House seat

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
McGinley files for U.S. House seat


Mark McGinley of Dillon formally filed today as a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. McGinley drove to Helena to personally submit his paper work.

“If you consider the depth and breadth of my resume, no other candidate is better qualified,” said Mc-Ginley on Monday. “I simply want to serve my state and nation.”

The House seat became a prize generating national interest when incumbent Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte opted to throw his hat in the ring as a Montana gubernatorial candidate. As a result, McGinley joins a crowded field of candidates from both major parties vying for the open seat.

McGinley retired from the Montana Army National Guard in February 2019 as a Lieutenant Colonel following a 30 year military career. McGinley deployed overseas in 2003-04 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return from deployment he worked as an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Soldier until his retirement last year.

He currently works in his hometown of Dillon at the Montana Youth Challenge Academy.

A 1982 graduate of Beaverhead County High School in Dillon, and 1988 graduate of Carroll College in Helena, McGinley previously worked as a high school English teacher in Townsend, and later served two terms on the Townsend School Board.

Mark has been married to Elizabeth for 25 years. Together they have two children, Aidan, a Russian-Japanese language student at the University of Montana, and Molly, a High School senior who will attend Montana State University in the fall.

McGinley has long been active with the prison ministry at the Montana Department of Corrections at Deer Lodge.

“Most importantly, I’m not angry,” said McGinley of his candidacy. “I have no axe to grind. I simply want to serve my state and nation.”