Two-term Republican Montana Attorney General Tim Fox officially announced on Thursday that he is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of the State of Montana.

“Democrats have occupied the Governor’s Office for the last 14 years and it’s time for that to change,” said Fox. “As I travel around Montana, people are encouraging me to run because they want a governor with a record of results. Montanans want a strong conservative who fights for our communities, reins in government, and protects our constitutional liberties. I believe I am the candidate who can lead our party to victory and our state to prosperity.”

The 62 year-old Hardin native attended the University of Montana where received degrees in geology in 1981 and in law in 1987.

Fox practiced law in Montana and also held a number of roles in both private and government work before running for Attorney General in 2008, but losing to now Governor Steve Bullock. Fox ran again in 2012 and defeated Democrat Pam Bucy. He was reelected in 2016 after running unopposed in the Republican Primary and then defeating Democrat Larry Jent in the general election.

As attorney general, Fox has defended Montanans from intrusive top-down federal regulations. In addition to challenging Obamacare, he successfully challenged the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. rule and the so-called “clean power plan,” both of which threatened the livelihoods of Montanans in agricultural and natural resource communities. He staunchly defended Second Amendment rights, joining multiple lawsuits challenging attempts to erode the constitutional right to keep and bear arms at the federal level. He also defended state laws protecting Second Amendment rights at the local level. “I have lived in Montana my entire life and it is, without a doubt, the best place to call home. I would be humbled and honored to serve as governor and continue my work to keep it that way.”

Fox and his wife Karen have four children and six grandchildren. He is also president-elect of the National Association of Attorneys General.