|Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana State Auditor|
January 5, 2009
|Preceded by||John Morrison|
May 16, 1962 |
Ogden, Utah, U.S.
|Alma mater||Montana State University,
Monica Lindeen (born May 16, 1962) is an American politician and Montana's Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana State Auditor. She won election in 2008 and reelection in 2012. Due to term limits, she is ineligible to run again in 2016.
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Lindeen attended Montana State University - Billings and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, specializing in English and History.
Lindeen was a Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives from 1999 to 2006, representing House District 43. Born in Ogden, Utah, Monica Lindeen served as Vice Chair of the Montana Democratic Party from 1997 to 2000. In 1996 she ran for House District 7 but lost to the incumbent.
Lindeen was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 2006, running against Republican incumbent Dennis Rehberg and Libertarian Mike Fellows for the lone Montana seat in the U.S. Congress. Lindeen lost the election with 39% of the vote to Rehberg's 59% and Fellows' 2%.
On February 19, 2007 Lindeen announced her plans to run for State Auditor in the 2008 elections.
Lindeen named Walt Schweitzer as Deputy State Auditor. Schweitzer, brother of Governor Brian Schweitzer and a campaign consultant, had managed Lindeen's campaign. In the summer of 2009, an employee of the office, Laura McGee, formally complained to Lindeen that Schweitzer improperly "solicited campaign contributions from employees in the State Auditor’s office on state time." McGee was subsequently fired, and Schweitzer claimed to have no recollection of the events. McGee then filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit and an independent investigation was launched. Although the independent investigation did not substantiate McGee's allegation, in part because she did not cooperate with the investigator, the State Auditor's office nonetheless chose to settle the lawsuit. According to the Billings Gazette, "Investigating and settling McGee’s complaint cost the Auditor’s Office about $62,500," and in addition, Lindeen reinstated McGee to employment for a period of 16 months at her previous salary of $45,000 a year, allowing McGee to telecommute from her home.
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
On November 4, 2011, Lindeen was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In 2013, Lindeen received the Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award, presented by the NAIC’s Consumer Representatives. She received the honor in recognition for her work as a strong voice for consumer protection and her dedication in maintaining states’ rights in insurance regulation. She is currently serving as the president of the NAIC.
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- John S. Adams (2009-08-04). "The Lowdown: Lindeen orders "independent investigation" into workplace fundraising allegations". Mtlowdown.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- CHARLES S. JOHNSON Gazette State Bureau (2010-01-25). "Lindeen, ex-employee reach settlement over illegal politicking charges". Billingsgazette.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
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- "Lindeen Tapped to Lead Insurance Regulators Group". Csi.mt.gov. 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2012-11-25.