Monica J. Lindeen was elected Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana State Auditor in 2008 and re-elected to a second term in November 2012. Monica's mission in her leadership is protecting Montana's securities and insurance consumers through education, fairness, and transparency. During her tenure, her office has returned more than $200 million to investors and insurance consumers throughout the state.
Monica is respected for her ability to put principles before politics and work with colleagues on issues that help Montana working families and businesses. She is currently serving as Vice President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). She was also appointed to the Federal Insurance Office Advisory Board, which aids the office's director in monitoring the insurance industry.
In 1999, Monica began her career in public service representing a rural district in the Montana House of Representatives. Due to her hard work in the legislature, she earned a reputation as a common-sense moderate who could get things done. She quickly became a leader in the House and served four terms (1999-2006).
Prior to public service, Monica formed a highly successful Internet business—Montana Communications Network (MCN), one of the first Montana-based, local Internet providers. From 1994 to 1996, she was a part-time faculty member in the MSU-Billings English Department and taught simultaneously as a graduate assistant in the Department of Educational Foundations.
Monica earned a bachelor's degree in education, specializing in English and history. She completed graduate coursework in educational foundations at MSU-Billings. Lindeen and her husband, David, have a daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren.