Jean Westwood (politician)

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Jean Miles Westwood (November 22, 1923 – August 18, 1997) was a political figure born in Price, Utah. Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern appointed Westwood as the first female chair of the Democratic National Committee on July 14, 1972. Between 1976 and 1988, Westwood worked for the presidential campaigns of Terry Sanford, Edward Kennedy, Gary Hart, and Bruce Babbitt.

Born Jean Miles, she was educated at the College of Eastern Utah. She also studied at the University of Utah, Utah State University, University of Colorado and San Diego State University. In 1941 she married Richard E. Westwood. In 1951 they started a mink farm together.

Westwood was one of McGovern's advisors who recommended dropping Thomas F. Eagleton from the ticket.[1]


  1. New York Times, Aug. 23, 1997