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 makes it her mission to protect Montana's securities and insurance consumers through education, fairness, and transparency. During Monica’s tenure, her office has returned more than $374 million to investors and insurance consumers and fielded tens of thousands of phone calls from Montanans struggling with their insurance companies.
Monica was elected President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and is serving in that capacity throughout 2015. She is a strong advocate for states’ rights and believes the state-based regulatory system is superior in serving our consumers and markets.
The NAIC is the association made up of the chief insurance regulators from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. As NAIC President, she chairs the NAIC Executive Committee, Government Relations Leadership Council, NAIC/State Government Liaison Committee, International Insurance Relations Leadership Group, and other committees. Monica’s role at the NAIC has ensured Montana has a strong voice on insurance issues at both the national and international level.
In 2013, Monica 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.
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 Service Providers (ISPs). 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.