Denise Juneau has spent her adult life working to make sure all Montanans have access to a quality education that can open the doors to a better future, and now she wants to take that passion to Washington.
Denise has been a lawyer, a teacher, and Montana’s two-term Superintendent of Public Instruction. Denise was raised on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and graduated from Browning High School. She went on to graduate from Montana State University, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Montana’s School of Law.
Denise is an enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Tribes of North Dakota and a descendant of the Blackfeet tribe. In 2008, Denise became the first American Indian woman ever elected to a statewide executive office. Montana voters re-elected her in 2012.
During Denise’s time in office, Montana’s graduation rate has reached an all-time high, fewer students are dropping out, and more students are now prepared for college, careers or the military.
When Montana voters elect Denise Juneau to the U.S. House of Representatives this fall, she’ll be the first American Indian woman to serve in that body, the first openly gay woman to serve, and only the second woman to ever serve in the U.S. Congress from Montana.