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State Sen. Kris Hansen, R-Havre, recently resigned to become the chief legal counsel to the state auditor. But she also got a new job in her political party.

Following the resignation of the Montana Republican Party's long-serving Party Secretary Cynthia Johnson from her post, Chairman Jeff Essmann sought applications from those who might be interested in serving, according to an email Essmann sent to party members Saturday.

"I am pleased to announce that former Senator Kris Hansen, who is now chief counsel for recently elected State Auditor Matt Rosendale expressed interest and was appointed to the position with the approval of the Executive Board. If you run into either Cynthia or Kris, thank them for their service to the Montana Republican Party," Essmann wrote.

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Troy Carter can be reached at 582-2630 or He's on Twitter at @cartertroy.


Troy Carter covers politics and county government for the Chronicle.

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