Lea Whitford

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Lea Whitford
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Montana House of Representatives, District 16
In office
January 7, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$105.31/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Campaign website
Lea Whitford is a Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 16 since January 7, 2013.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Whitford served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources and Transportation


Campaign themes


Whitford listed four themes of her campaign on her website:[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 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.[2][3]

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
Montana House of Representatives, District 16 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLea Whitford 82.1% 866
Rodney Gervais 17.9% 189
Total Votes 1,055

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Whitford is a member of the Blackfeet tribe. She and her husband, Rick Whitford, have three children.[4]

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Preceded by
Lila Walter Evans (R)
Montana House of Representatives District 16
Succeeded by