Ken Bogner cites his military and legislative background in House race

Editor’s note: This is one of 12 profiles featuring a candidate in Montana’s Second Congressional House District primary race. The profiles are being published daily over 12 days and in alphabetical order. Each of the candidates were asked the same questions. 

Ken Bogner’s journey into politics started on a U.S. military base in Iraq. He was a 9-11 generation teen who enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from high school in Miles City.

Out in the desert, on one of his two combat tours, Bogner started thinking about geopolitics and how it was that a small-town Montana kid found himself in a foreign land where people were trying to kill him.

Bogner was a combat engineer. He served the Iraqi border with Syria which Iraqis were trying to flee into. He built traffic control points to slow refugees and give security patrols a chance to search for smuggled weapons and contraband.

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“I knew I wanted to do something. I didn’t know what,” Bogner, a two-term state legislator said. “Then my younger brother was wounded in Afghanistan.” Chris Bogner, also a Marine, had been critically injured by an improvised explosive device.

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