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Lea Whitford

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Lea Whitford
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Montana State Senate, District 8
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 0
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives, District 16
2013 - 2015
Office website
Lea Whitford is a Democratic member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 8. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Whitford served in the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 16 from 2013 to 2015.

Committee assignments

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


Campaign themes


Whitford's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


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.

Economic Development:

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.[2][3]

Montana State Senate, District 8 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLea Whitford 67.7% 2,713
     Republican Liane Johnson 32.3% 1,295
Total Votes 4,008


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[4][5]

Montana House of Representatives, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLea Whitford 66.8% 1,934
     Republican Lila Evans Incumbent 33.2% 960
Total Votes 2,894

Campaign donors

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.[6]

Lea Whitford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 16 Won $4,942
Grand Total Raised $4,942


Whitford won election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Whitford raised a total of $4,943.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Montana

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In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 7 to April 27.

Legislators are scored on "hotlisted bills that represent a portfolio of priority conservation and environmental issues."[7]
Legislators are scored on bills of importance to a state teachers' union.
Legislators are scored on issues of importance to a public interest advocacy group based at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Legislators are scored on bills relating to property rights.


Whitford is a member of the Blackfeet tribe. She and her husband, Rick Whitford, have three children.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Shannon Augare (D)
Montana State Senate District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lila Walter Evans (R)
Montana House of Representatives District 16
Succeeded by
Susan Webber (D)