Lea Whitford

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Lea Whitford
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Current candidacy
Running for Montana State Senate, District 8
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
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)
Office website
Lea Whitford is a Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 16. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

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'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
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

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.
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
Emily's List$320
Flint, Kate$160
Montana Majority PAC$160
Total Raised in 2012$4,943
Source:Follow the Money


Whitford is a member of the Blackfeet tribe. She and her husband, Rick Whitford, have three children.[7]

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