Ted Schwinden

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Ted Schwinden
19th Governor of Montana
In office
January 5, 1981 – January 2, 1989
Lieutenant George Turman
Preceded by Thomas Lee Judge
Succeeded by Stan Stephens
23rd Lieutenant Governor of Montana
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 5, 1981
Governor Thomas Lee Judge
Preceded by Bill Christiansen
Succeeded by George Turman
Personal details
Born (1925-08-31) August 31, 1925 (age 89)
Wolf Point, Montana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jean Schwinden
Religion Lutheran

Theodore "Ted" Schwinden (born August 31, 1925) is an American politician. He served as the 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Montana and the 19th Governor of Montana.[1]


Schwinden was born in Wolf Point, Montana.[2] He enlisted in the United States Army and served until 1946. Schwinden earned a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree from the University of Montana.[3]


A member of the United States Democratic Party, Schwinden was elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 1958. He was elected and was named to the Legislative Council in 1959. He served as the House minority whip in 1961. In 1965 he was elected president of the Grain Growers Association, and in 1969 he was named Commissioner of State Lands, He was reappointed in 1973 and served until April 1976. Schwinden resigned to campaign for Lieutenant Governor and was elected the 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Montana, serving under Governor Thomas Lee Judge. He served as Lieutenant Governor from 1976 to 1980.[4]

Schwinden defeated his predecessor in the Democratic primary in 1980 to become the 19th Governor of Montana.[5][6] He was re-elected governor in 1984. Hallmarks of Schwinden's governorship were his "Build Montana" economic plan and popular traveling "Capital for a Day" events.[7][8]

Family life[edit]

His wife, former Montana First Lady Jean Schwinden, died from cancer on March 24, 2007, at the age of 81.[9] Schwinden and his wife have three children.[10]


  1. ^ "Former State Governors". www.netstate.com. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  2. ^ "Governor Ted Schwinden". Montana Historical Societyx. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ted Schwinden". National Governors Association. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Schwinden, Ted (b. 1925)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Schwinden exults after beating Judge". The Spokesman Review. 1980-06-05. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  6. ^ Neuharth, Allen H.; Ken Paulson; Dan Greaney; Jo-Ann Swanson; Gaynelle Evans (1987-06-08). "MONTANA;We want to grow, and protect a way of life". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-12-05. Ted Schwinden, 61, a Democrat, was elected governor of Montana in 1980 and was re-elected in 1984. He served as lieutenant governor from 1977 until 1981. 
  7. ^ "Ted Schwinden". Montana Historical Society. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Governor Ted Schwinden". Montana Historical Societyx. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Former first lady dies of cancer". Helenair.com. 2007-03-25. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  10. ^ "Ted Schwinden". National Governors Association. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Christiansen
Lieutenant Governor of Montana
Succeeded by
George Turman
Preceded by
Thomas Lee Judge
Governor of Montana
Succeeded by
Stan Stephens