U.S. Senator Jon Tester

Jon TesterSenator Jon Tester and his wife, Sharla, farm the same land his grandparents homesteaded nearly 100 years ago, today growing organic wheat, barley, lentils, peas, millet, buckwheat and alfalfa. He was elected to the U.S. Senate on Nov. 7, 2006, after a long history of public work in the Big Sky State.

Tester and his staff make every effort to assist Montanans, including providing basic information and explaining basic governmental procedures. His office can also provide assistance with small-business concerns, and with federal tax matters and the Internal Revenue Service.

(The Senator’s website notes: “By law, there are some matters over which United States Senators have no jurisdiction. In these cases, Senator Tester’s staff will do their best to point you in the right direction for assistance. Please note: as a member of the legislative branch of the federal government, Senator Tester has no authority or jurisdiction in judicial matters … If you need assistance with a matter involving a state or local government agency, your first contact should be to your Montana State Representative or Montana State Senator. You may also want to contact the Montana Citizens’ Advocate Office.”)

Tester serves on five Senate committees:

  • Appropriations
    One of the most influential committees in Congress, this committee ultimately decides where the government spends taxpayer money and how much it spends.

    • Energy and Water Development
    • Homeland Security
    • Interior, Environment and Related Agencies
    • Military Construction and Veterans Affairs
    • Legislative Branch
  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    This committee deals with legislation related to financial institutions, public and private housing, urban development and mass transit, and related matters.

    • Economic Policy (chairman)
    • Financial Institutions
    • Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    Issues here relate to U.S. security and government operations. Stretching 545 miles across the 49th parallel, Montana’s border with Canada is of great importance in discussions about homeland security.

    • Contracting Oversight
    • – Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs
    • – Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
  • Indian Affairs
    This committee works on legislation to solve problems facing American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native peoples. These issues include, but are not limited to, Indian education, land management, health care and economic development.
  • Veterans’ Affairs
    This committee deals with veteran health benefits and legislation related to veterans’ pensions, vocational training, education and other matters.

Long involved in politics and public policy, Tester served as chair of the Big Sandy School Board (he also taught music) and on his local Soil Conservation Service Committee before running for the Montana Senate in 1997. He served two four-year terms in the Montana Legislature; in 2005, he was named president of the Montana Senate.

Contact Information

Contact Senator Tester or learn more about him:

Missoula office
130 W. Front Street
Phone: 406.728.3003 / Fax: 406.728.2193

In addition to Missoula, Tester maintains field offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, Great Falls, Helena and Kalispell.

Washington, D.C., office
724 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2604
Phone: 202.224.2644 / Fax: 202.224.8594

Find Senator Tester online at tester.senate.gov.

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