NGAUS Washington Report
(Feb. 11, 2014) Retired Brig. Gen. John Walsh, who has been serving as the lieutenant governor of Montana, was to be sworn in today as a member of the U.S. Senate.
The former adjutant general of Montana was appointed to the position Friday by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock after Max Baucus, a six-term senator, was confirmed to be the U.S. ambassador to China.
Walsh, 53, had indicated his intention to run in November for the seat which Baucus planned to vacate.
"Today, I've been asked to serve the state in a new role, to represent all Montanans in the United States Senate," Walsh, 53, said at a press conference last week. "And I accept that responsibility knowing full well that there's a tremendous amount of work to be done in Washington."
Walsh spent 30 years in the Montana National Guard, including time as its adjutant general from September 2008 until March 2012. He retired and ran for lieutenant governor with Bullock.
Walsh indicated his desire to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee.