Monica Lindeen

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Monica Lindeen
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Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, State Auditor
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 6
Base salary$86,018
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives
1998 – 2008
Bachelor'sMontana State University, Billings (1992)
Date of birthMay 16, 1962
Place of birthOgden, Utah
Office website
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Monica Lindeen (b. May 16, 1962) is the Montana Auditor, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance. Lindeen, a Democrat, assumed office in 2009 and was re-elected in 2012.[1]


Following her graduation from Montana State University at Billings in 1992, Lindeen was a faculty member of the Department of English/Philosophy until 1994. From 1995-2000, she helped to build the Montana Communications Network, a locally based internet provider, serving as owner and general manager.

Lindeen ran unsuccessfully for District 7 of the Montana House of Representatives in 1996. From 1997-2000 she served as Vice Chair of the state Democratic Party. In 2006 she ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lindeen and her husband, David, have three children.[1]


  • BSED, English/History, Montana State University, Billings, 1992

Political career

State Auditor/Insurance Commissioner (2009-Present)

Lindeed was elected Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana State Auditor in November 2008. She successfully won re-election on November 6, 2012.

Montana House of Representatives (1999-2006)

First elected in 1998, Lindeen served four terms in the Montana House of Representatives. She represented District 43, an agricultural district covering four counties from Billings to Miles City.[2]


U.S. Senate, 2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2014

Although Lindeen had been mentioned as a possible contender for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Democratic U.S. Senator Max Baucus, she announced in July 2013 that she would not be running for the open seat.[3][4]


See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Lindeen won re-election as Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, State Auditor in 2012.[5] She was unopposed in the June 5 primary and defeated Republican state Rep. Derek Skees in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMonica Lindeen Incumbent 53.5% 248,447
     Republican Derek Skees 46.5% 215,743
Total Votes 464,190
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Montana Auditor Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMonica Lindeen 100% 83,570
Total Votes 83,570
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Issue positions

A major issue of the 2012 campaign was implementation of the Affordable Care Act, referred to as "Obamacare." Lindeen said she has worked to make sure Montana maintains its authority over insurance. To that end, in 2011 she asked the Legislature to create a state-based exchange and give the state the power to review health-insurance rate increases.

She stated, “What I’ve really worked to do is make sure we maintain our state authority as the feds are implementing the Affordable Care Act. My opponent, and others like him, said no.”[6]


Lindeen won election in November 2008, defeating Republican Duane Grimes.[7]

Montana Commissioner of Insurance and Securities, State Auditor, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMonica Lindeen Incumbent 53.5% 246,522
     Republican Duane Grimes 46.5% 214,241
Total Votes 460,763

Campaign donors


Lindeen won re-election to the position of Montana Auditor in 2012. During that election cycle, Lindeen raised a total of $135,662.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Monica Lindeen's donors each year.[8] Click [show] for more information.

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