Susan Montee

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Susan Montee
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Candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
PartyDemocratic
Prior offices
Missouri State Auditor
2007 - 2011
Education
High schoolBishop LeBlond High School
Bachelor'sDrury College
J.D.University of Missouri-Kansas City
Personal
Place of birthSt. Joseph, MO
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
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Susan Montee was the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri in the 2012 elections. She was defeated by incumbent Peter Kinder in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1] She served previously at Missouri State Auditor.

Biography

Montee was born in St. Joseph, Missouri into a military family. Her father served in Vietnam as a navigator in the 1st Marine Air Wing and was declared Missing-in-Action after his plane was shot down on February 1, 1966.

Montee graduated from Bishop LeBlond High School and went on to earn a degree in business and accounting from Drury College. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 1985 and worked in several accounting firms before starting a computer supply company with her husband. She later ran an accounting and tax practice and graduated with her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2000, after which she began practicing law in her husband's firm, Montee Law Firm.[2]

Montee first held public office in 1998 when she was elected to the St. Joseph City Council. Two years later, she was elected Buchanan County Auditor, where she served until her election to Missouri State Auditor in 2006. She lost her 2012 re-election bid to Republican Thomas Schweich, but after the election was named Chairman of the state Democratic Party - a post she held until she officially declared her candidacy for lieutenant governor.[3][4]

Education

  • Bishop LeBlond High School
  • BS, Accounting, Drury College
  • JD, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Elections

2012

See also: Missouri lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Montee ran for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri in 2012. She defeated seven challengers - Judy Baker, Fred Kratky, Bill Haas, Sara Lampe, Jackie McGee, Becky Plattner and Dennis Weisenburger - in the Democratic primary on August 7, 2012.[5] She advanced to the general election on November 6, 2012, where she faced incumbent Peter Kinder (R) (who won the election), Matthew Copple (L) and Cynthia Davis of the Constitution Party.[6][7]

Lieutenant Governor of Missouri General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Kinder Incumbent 49.3% 1,319,747
     Democratic Susan Montee 45.5% 1,219,457
     Libertarian Matthew Copple 2.8% 75,169
     Constitution Cynthia Davis 2.4% 63,594
Total Votes 2,677,967
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.


  • Primary
Missouri Lieutenant Governor Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Montee 44.9% 131,319
Judy Baker 15.8% 46,236
Bill (William) Haas 12% 35,044
Sara Lampe 8.9% 25,955
Dennis Wisenburger 5.5% 16,149
Jackie Townes McGee 5.3% 15,493
Becky Lee Plattner 3.8% 11,080
Fred Kratky 3.8% 10,976
Total Votes 292,252
Election Results Via:Missouri Secretary of State.

In a candidate questionnaire submitted to The Southeast Missourian, Montee answered the following questions:[4]

  • What can the lieutenant governor do to attract more jobs and economic development to Missouri?
A: "First we must ensure that the tools used for economic development are as efficient and effective as possible. The Lieutenant Governor sits on boards primarily responsible for awarding tax credits for development. I would work to preserve credits that spur growth and jobs while weeding out non-producing programs instead of using arbitrary caps as control measures. As a member of the Missouri Tourism Commission, I would take an active role in promoting our resources."
  • The current lieutenant governor has made clear his personal opposition to health care reform. What do you think of the law?
A: "All Americans should have access to affordable, quality health care. Now that the question of constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act has been settled, we need to make sure that we move forward to cover our citizens who are uninsured. Among the benefits are expanded coverage for children up to age 26, protection for people with pre-existing conditions and a closing of the Medicare Part D donut hole."
  • How can the lieutenant governor best serve the state of Missouri?
A: "The Lieutenant Governor acts as the state advocate for both our senior citizens and our military veterans. The office ensures that our vulnerable citizens are protected, by making sure that our elderly are properly looked after and protected by law and by seeing to it that our military returning from active duty receive all the benefits they deserve. The Lieutenant Governor should also work with the Governor to advance all policies of our state."
  • Closing Remarks:
"The primary responsibility of the Lieutenant Governor is to be Governor should the need arise. Therefore, we should evaluate our candidates with the same seriousness brought to the top ticket. My experience as State Auditor gave me a perspective on the operations of state government that legislative experience cannot match. I understand the challenges facing our state, especially in these difficult economic times. I am the only candidate prepared to lead from day one."

Campaign donors

2012

Montee lost the election to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Missouri in 2012. During that election cycle, Montee raised a total of $1,436,550.

Personal

Montee has three children.[4]

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