Monica Tranel
Personal details
Monica Joan Tranel

(1966-05-04) May 4, 1966 (age 56)
Big Horn, Wyoming, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (formerly)
EducationGonzaga University (BA)
Rutgers University, Camden (JD)
Sports career

Monica Joan Tranel is an American rower and Montana lawyer. She finished 4th in the women's eight at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[1][2] She competed at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

Early life

In 1988, Tranel earned a Bachelor of Arts from Gonzaga University. In 1991, she earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University–Camden.[3]


Montana Public Utilities Commission

In 2004, as a Republican, Tranel sought election to the Montana Public Utilities Commission. She was defeated in the Republican primary.[4]

In 2020, as a Democrat, Tranel sought election to the Montana Public Utilities Commission.[5][6] She was defeated in the general election by Republican then-Montana Senator Jennifer Fielder.[7]

U.S. House

Tranel is the Democratic candidate for Montana's western congressional district, running against Ryan Zinke.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Monica Tranel". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Monica Tranel at World Rowing
  3. ^ Harrington, John (May 8, 2009). "Disappointment on Olympic Stage Helped Shape Helena Attorney's Career". Independent Record. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  4. ^ "2004 Statewide Primary Canvass - June 8, 2004". Montana Secretary of State. Montana Secretary of State. February 22, 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2021.
  5. ^ State Bar of Montana:
  6. ^ Missoula Curerent:
  7. ^ "2020 General Election - November 3, 2020". Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  8. ^ Kimbel-Sannit, Arren (August 8, 2022). "Tranel and Zinke trade jabs in Congressional debate". Montana Free Press. Retrieved August 19, 2022.
  9. ^ Schubert, Keith (August 15, 2022). "MFPE endorses Democrat Monica Tranel in Western Congressional race". Daily Montanan. Retrieved August 19, 2022.
  10. ^ Szpaller, Keila. "Monica Tranel, Ryan Zinke trade barbs at Missoula congressional candidate debate". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 19, 2022.