Posted: Sep 6, 2012 4:52 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
Updated: Sep 6, 2012 4:53 PM
Denise Juneau, the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday night.
Juneau told the crowd, "I'm proud to be here as a Montanan, as an educator, as a Democrat, as a member of the Mandan and Hidatsa Tribe. I am proud to be the first Native American woman in history to win a statewide election."
And as she addressed the thousands of people at the event, one person in the audience stood out in particular: her mother, Carol Juneau.
Denise told the audience, "My parents told me that education was the path to success, and they showed me by taking me to Head Start in Billings, Montana, while they were pursuing their own college degrees. My mom is here tonight, Carol Juneau, as a Montana delegate. Thank you for all of your support."
Denise's political career has really followed in the footsteps of her mother, who served several terms in the Montana Legislature.
Carol, who is attending the convention as a Montana delegate, noted, "I hope that one thing that we passed on to our children is that you can do what you want to do, you can be what you want to be."
This is Carol's fourth national convention, and she says experiencing it with Denise has made it incredibly special, adding, "It's just great to be Denise's number-one fan!"