|Member of the Montana House of Representatives
from the 64th district
|Preceded by||Larry Jent|
December 2, 1950 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Shepherd University
University of Maryland, College Park
Franke Wilmer (born December 2, 1950) is a Democratic Party member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 64 since 2007. Before first running for office in 2006, Wilmer was appointed to chair the Montana Human Rights Commission by Governor Schweitzer in 2005. She received both a PhD and Masters from the University of Maryland in 1990 and is currently a full professor of Political Science at Montana State University.
Early life, education, and academic career
Wilmer was born in 1950 in Washington, D.C. to Marion and Bud Wilmer. Her father was a bricklayer and her mother was a nurse. In the 1980s, she was a single mother raising her one daughter, while working various jobs and earning three college degrees. Her jobs during this decade include waitress, carpenter, middle school substitute teacher, assistant professor, and research assistant. She graduated with a B.S. in political science and economics from Shepherd University in 1981. She got a Masters Degree in political science, specializing in international relations, from the University of Maryland in 1985 and a PhD in 1990.
After earning her degrees, she became an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg for a year. In 1991, she was then hired by Montana State University and still teaches there today. That same year, she founded the Gallatin Human Rights Task Force. She became an Associate Professor in 1996 and the Head of the Political Science Department in 2001.
Early political career
She has written three books, numerous articles, and been invited to be guest lecturer across the world. She conducted field research in Yugoslavia during the war and Dayton Peace Accords. She is a member of the Montana Education Association, Montana Federation of Teachers, and the AFL-CIO.
Montana House of Representatives
In 2006, incumbent Democrat State Representative Larry Jent, of Montana's 64th House District, decided to retire to run for a seat in the Montana House of Representatives. Wilmer decided to run and won the June Democratic primary with 72% of the vote. In the general election, she defeated Jim Klug 57%-43%. She won re-election in 2008 with 59% of the vote and 2010 with 55% of the vote.
She was elected to as Speaker Pro Tempore of the legislature in 2009. The Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation-Montana Council selected her as "Legislator of the Year" in 2011. She is currently the Legislative Liaison to the Board of investments.
- House Education Committee
- House Legislative Administration Committee
- House State Administration Committee
- House Capital Financial Advisory Committee (2008)
- House Veteran Affairs Committee
2012 congressional election
In February 2011, Wilmer was the first candidate from either party to announce her candidacy for Montana's At-large congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. Wilmer was endorsed by the National Women's Political Caucus[not in citation given][dubious ] She finished second in the Democratic primary, with 14,836 votes (18.4%).
Wilmer has lived in the city of Bozeman, Montana since 1991. She has one daughter.
- The Indigenous Voice in World Politics (Sage 1993)
- The Social Construction of Man, the State and War: Identity, Conflict and Violence in Former Yugoslavia (Routledge 2002)
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- Montana House of Representatives - Franke Wilmer Official MT State Legislature Website
- Montana State University - Franke Wilmer Faculty Web Page
- Project Vote Smart - Representative Franke Wilmer (MT) profile
- Follow the Money - Franke Wilmer
- Franke Wilmer: 9 Questions with Montana’s Progressive State Representative about Occupy, Organized Labor, and Petitioning John Boehner on behalf of the 99%, Dan O'Mahony, "Point Nine Nine", November 5, 2011