SOF Background: United States Air Force 129th Rescue Squadron

Running for: US House of Representatives, Montana District 2

Bio: Combat veteran and businessman Troy Downing currently serves in one of the five elected statewide constitutional offices for the State of Montana. As Montana State Auditor, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, and Land Board Commissioner, Downing has defended state residents from fraud, worked to lower costs for families, taken on criminals preying on the vulnerable, and promoted economic development, while protecting the state’s natural resources.

A proud Montanan, Downing began his career in education as a research scientist and educator at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University (NYU). He left NYU to found a technology startup company that he successfully merged with Yahoo! Inc. in the 1990s. Downing’s strong sense of public service led him to enlist after September 11th in the U.S. Air Force/Air National Guard, serving eight years in a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) squadron and two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

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