Jean Westwood (politician)

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Jean Westwood
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
In office
July 14, 1972 – December 9, 1972
Preceded byLarry O'Brien
Succeeded byRobert Strauss
Personal details
Born(1923-11-22)November 22, 1923
Price, Utah, U.S.
DiedAugust 18, 1997(1997-08-18) (aged 73)
American Fork, Utah, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Jean Miles Westwood (November 22, 1923 – August 18, 1997) was a political figure born in Price, Utah. Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern appointed Westwood as the first female chair of the Democratic National Committee on July 14, 1972. Between 1976 and 1988, Westwood worked for the presidential campaigns of Terry Sanford, Edward Kennedy, Gary Hart, and Bruce Babbitt.

Born Jean Miles, she married Richard E. Westwood in 1941. They started a mink farm together in 1951.

Westwood was one of McGovern's advisors who recommended dropping Thomas F. Eagleton from the ticket.[1]


  1. ^ New York Times, Aug. 23, 1997
Party political offices
Preceded by
Larry O'Brien
Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee
Succeeded by
Robert Strauss