|Montana State Senate, District 8|
|January 5, 2015 - present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 terms (8 years)|
|Montana House of Representatives, District 16|
|2013 - 2015|
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Whitford served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Business, Labor and Economic Affairs|
|• Highways and Transportation|
|• State Administration|
In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Whitford served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Natural Resources and Transportation|
Whitford's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Montana schools are facing higher student populations and shrinking budgets. It is imperative to provide our schools with adequate funding and resources so that our children can have the education they need.
Higher Education in Montana is also facing hard choices in providing instruction and career services at an affordable rate. As an educator I understand the need to find balance so that our success of the citizens of the State of Montana are at an all time high.
Lea supports economic development; farming, ranching, oil and gas, or wind energy, however she wants to make sure the environment is protected. Their family has been ranching and in the ag business a long time, and believes it’s a good way to raise a family. She is grateful for these types of opportunities and wants to ensure the same opportunities are available for all Montanans. She is willing to work to ensure family farms and ranches are around for future generations.
Elders in Montana:
My parents are both retired and have worked the majority of their lives, they now live on fixed incomes a reality for many of our elders/seniors. It is important to me to know all elders/seniors are guaranteed access to affordable and quality health care and social services necessary for them to live a quality life.
Montana Women and Children:
I am running to ensure that women and children's issues are adequately represented; healthcare (Chip, Medicare and Medicaid) access to public education and public safety programs that will enhance their lives.
- See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Montana State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for major party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Lea Whitford was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Liane Johnson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Whitford defeated Johnson in the general election.
|Montana State Senate, District 8 General Election, 2014|
Whitford won election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 16. Whitford defeated Rodney Gervais in the June 5 primary election and defeated incumbent Lila Walter Evans (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Montana House of Representatives, District 16, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Lila Evans Incumbent||33.2%||960|
|Montana House of Representatives, District 16 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Whitford is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Whitford raised a total of $4,942 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.
|Lea Whitford's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Montana House, District 16||$4,942|
|Grand Total Raised||$4,942|
2012Whitford won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Whitford raised a total of $4,943.
|Montana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Lea Whitford's campaign in 2012|
|Candidates Personal Contributions||$600|
|Whitford, Lea M.||$400|
|Montana Majority PAC||$160|
|Total Raised in 2012||$4,943|
|Source: Follow the Money|
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In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 7 to April 27.
- Montana Conservation Voters: 2013 State Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on "hotlisted bills that represent a portfolio of priority conservation and environmental issues."
- MEA-MFT: 2013 Legislature
- Legislators are scored on bills of importance to a state teachers' union.
- Montana Public Interest Research Group (MontPIRG): 2013 Montana Legislative Scorecard
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- United Property Owners of Montana: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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Whitford is a member of the Blackfeet tribe. She and her husband, Rick Whitford, have three children.
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- Biography from Project Vote Smart
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- Campaign contributions: 2012
- Committee to Elect Lea Whitford MT- HD-16, "Issues," accessed October 12, 2012 (timed out)
- Montana Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Filing List: Legislative," accessed October 29, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2014 Statewide Primary Election Canvass," accessed June 30, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2012 Legislative General Election Canvass," accessed February 13, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2012 Legislative Primary Election Canvass," accessed February 13, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Whitford, Lea," accessed September 8, 2013
- Montana Conservation Voters, "2013 State Legislative Scorecard," accessed August 30, 2014
- Committee to Elect Lea Whitford MT- HD-16, "About Lea," accessed October 12, 2012 (timed out)
Shannon Augare (D)
|Montana State Senate District 8
| Succeeded by|
Lila Walter Evans (R)
|Montana House of Representatives District 16
| Succeeded by|
Susan Webber (D)