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Denise Juneau

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Denise Juneau
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Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 6
Base salary$104,635
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$338,270
Term limitsTwo terms in a 16-year period
High schoolBrowning High School (1985)
Bachelor'sMontana State University-Bozeman (1993)
Master'sHarvard Graduate School of Education (1994)
J.D.University of Montana-Missoula (2004)
BirthdayApril 5, 1967
Place of birthOakland, California
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Campaign website
Denise Juneau is the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction. Juneau, a Democrat, was elected in 2008.

She won re-election in 2012.[1]

A January 2013 article in Governing named Juneau as one of the top state Democratic officials to watch in 2013.[2]


An attorney by profession, Juneau has been a teacher on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota and at Browning High School. She has also been court clerk to Montana Supreme Court Justices Jim Regnier and Brian Morris, and served as Director of Indian Education in the Montana Office of Public Instruction. She is a member of the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes.[3]


  • JD, University of Montana-Missoula, 2004
  • MEd, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1994
  • BA, English, Montana State University-Bozeman, 1993

Political career

Superintendent of Public Instruction (2009-Present)

Juneau won election as Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction on November 4, 2008, becoming the first American Indian woman elected to a statewide position.[4]


U.S. Senate, 2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2014

Juneau has been mentioned as a possible contender for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Democratic U.S. Senator Max Baucus.[5]


See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Juneau won re-election as Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012.[6] She was unopposed in the June 5 Democratic primary and faced Republican Sandy Welch in the general election on November 6, 2012. With 100% of unofficial results in, Juneau claimed victory, but Welch did not concede and ultimately filed for a recount on December 3.[7][8][9] However, after it was ordered by a judge, Welch abandoned the recount due to the cost.[10]

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Juneau Incumbent 50.2% 235,397
     Republican Sandy Welch 49.8% 233,166
Total Votes 468,563
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Juneau 100% 82,788
Total Votes 82,788
Election Results Via:Montana Secretary of State.

Issue positions

Juneau said she is committed to reducing Montana's school dropout rate, supports anti-bullying measures, and seeks to assist struggling schools.[11]

Dropout rate

Juneau launched the site Graduation Matters Montana in order to work towards increasing the graduation rate statewide.[12]


Juneau won election on November 4, 2008. She defeated Republican Elaine Sollie Herman and Libertarian Donald Eisenmenger.[13]

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Juneau 51% 234,843
     Republican Elaine Sollie Herman 43.7% 201,091
     Libertarian Donald Eisenmenger 5.3% 24,236
Total Votes 460,170

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Juneau is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Juneau raised a total of $338,270 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[14]

Denise Juneau's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $186,861
2010 Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Not up for election $0
2008 Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $151,409
Grand Total Raised $338,270


Juneau won re-election to the position of Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012. During that election cycle, Juneau raised a total of $186,861.


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