Republicans pick Milburn as state House speaker
MATT GOURAS, Associated Press
HELENA — Republicans soon to hold a majority in the Montana House picked a leader on Wednesday who promised a pragmatic approach to spending cuts, as well as a long-term strategy to shrinking government.
State Rep. Mike Milburn, of Cascade, was picked by fellow Republicans as their new speaker during legislative leadership elections, a tempered choice compared to Rep. Krayton Kerns, a Laurel lawmaker who cast himself as an ardent tea party favorite.
Milburn said both he and Kerns are very conservative, but simply have a different approach. Milburn, a ranch...