Monica Joan Tranel
May 4, 1966
Big Horn, Wyoming, U.S.
|Political party||Republican (former)|
|Education||Gonzaga University (BA)|
Rutgers University, Camden (JD)
Monica Joan Tranel is an American rower and Montana lawyer. She finished 4th in the women's eight at the 1996 Summer Olympics. She competed at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.
In 1988, Tranel earned a Bachelor of Arts from Gonzaga University. In 1991, she earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University–Camden.
Tranel began her career working as a law clerk at the state and federal level before serving as a staff attorney at the Montana Public Service Commission from 2001 through 2005, where she focused on telecommunications law. She received the governor's award for excellence in service in 2003 for her work. She then went to Washington, D.C., to serve as legislative counsel to U.S. Senator Conrad Burns. Later,[when?] she returned to Montana where she entered private law practice in Helena. Tranel's work has focused on energy and regulatory law, water rights, and litigation. She has represented her clients before state agencies, in state and federal district court trials, and in appeals before the Montana Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
From 2014 to 2016, Tranel worked for the Montana Office of Consumer Counsel.
Tranel practices law at the Monica Tranel Firm in Missoula, Montana.
In 2004, as a Republican, Tranel sought election to the Montana Public Utilities Commission. She was defeated in the Republican Primary.
In 2020, as a Democrat, Tranel sought election to the Montana Public Utilities Commission. She was defeated in the general election by Republican then-Montana Senator Jennifer Fielder.