Denise Juneau



Denise Juneau is the superintendent of the Seattle, WA, public school district. She ran unsuccessfully to represent Montana in the US House of Representatives in 2016, losing to incumbent Ryan Zinke.

Juneau attended high school on the Blackfeet Indian reservation then received her bachelor's degree from Montana State University and her master's in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Juneau is an enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Tribes, a descendant of the Blackfeet Tribe, and the Tlingit and Haida Tribes.

She became the first female Native American elected to statewide office in the US when she became Montana’s superintendent on public instruction in 2008. Her House run made her the first openly LGBTQ person to run for federal office in the state.

As superintendent of public instruction, Montana’s graduation rate increased to its highest level ever recorded.


Ran for:
House of Representatives


Status: Lost general election

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