Sen. Bob Keenan, R-Bigfork, on the Montana Lowdown Podcast. Credit: JOHN ADAMS / Montana Free Press

Sen. Bob Keenan, a longtime conservative Republican from Bigfork, is one of the longest-serving lawmakers in the state capitol.

He served as president of the Montana Senate in 2003, and in 2006 he surprised many in his party when he challenged incumbent U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns in the 2006 Republican primary election. 

Keenan, who returned to the Legislature in 2015 when he served as vice-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, is an outspoken critic of one of Legislature’s most influential lawmakers, fellow Republican Rep. Llew Jones, of Conrad. 

In this week’s podcast, Keenan lays out his complaints what he’s calling the “unicameral Legislature.”

John Adams began his professional career in 2001 in Idaho Falls, ID writing and editing for a variety of trade magazines. He covered topics ranging from potato and sugar beet farming to skate park and playground construction and maintenance. Adams started his newspaper career as the city government reporter for the Daily Jefferson County Union in Fort Atkinson, WI where he covered the City Hall, police, fire and local courthouse beats. In 2005 he joined the staff of the Missoula Independent in Missoula, MT where he worked as a staff reporter covering a wide range of issues including the environment,...