Jon (Jon) Tester (D)

US Senator Jon Tester

Jon (Jon) Tester (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.2644
FAX: 202.224.8594
District: 406.252.0550
Room 311 HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building 120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-2604
8 Third Street East
Kalispell, MT 59901-4573
Residence:Big Sandy, MT

Committee Assignments

ChairmanSenate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Department of Defense
Co-ChairCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Community Pharmacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports-to-Plains Caucus
FC MemberMissouri River Working Group
Co-ChairICBM Coalition
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovations
FC MemberAmerican Canadian Economy and Security Caucus (ACES)
Co-ChairAir Force Caucus (Senate)
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
MemberSenate Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
MemberSenate Committee on Indian Affairs
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security
FC MemberSenate Outdoor Recreation Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies
MemberSenate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
MemberSenate Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberModerate Democrats Working Group
FC MemberSenate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
FC MemberSenate Rural Education Caucus
FC MemberSenate Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberSenate Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberSenate Aerospace Caucus
FC MemberSenate Community College Caucus
FC MemberSenate Friends of Scotland Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
FC MemberSenate Defense Communities Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband
FC MemberCongressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
FC MemberSenate General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Members Group
Co-ChairCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberSenate Rural Health Caucus
FC MemberSenate Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberSenate Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberSenate Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberSenate Military Family Caucus
FC MemberSenate Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberSenate Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberSenate National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberSenate Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberSenate Bipartisan Task for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cultural Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)


Senator Jon Tester is a third-generation Montana farmer, a proud grandfather, and a former school teacher who has deep roots in hard work, responsibility and accountability. Jon and his wife Sharla still farm the same land near the town of Big Sandy, Montana that was homesteaded by Jon's grandparents in 1912. Jon's parents believed public education and family agriculture are the cornerstones of democracy-and those values had a tremendous role in shaping Jon's leadership. After earning a degree in music from the College of Great Falls, Jon took over the Tester farm in 1978. He also taught music at F.E. Miley Elementary and eventually was elected to the Big Sandy School Board. Fired up by the Montana Legislature's decision to deregulate Montana's power industry (resulting in higher power costs), Jon ran for and was elected to the Montana Senate in 1998. In 2005, Jon's colleagues chose him to serve as Montana Senate President. The people of Montana then elected Jon to the United States Senate in 2006. They voted to send him back in 2012 and again in 2018. Jon believes in holding himself accountable to the highest standards possible, and he has improved transparency at all levels of government. In fact, Jon was the first senator to post his daily public schedule online. In the Senate, Jon is a tireless defender of rural America and the Montana way of life. He is the Treasure State's strongest advocate for our family farmers and ranchers, veterans, small business owners, sportsmen and women, and Tribal Nations. Whether it's creating jobs, combating agriculture consolidation, championing responsible energy development, improving schools, or expanding high-quality health care, Jon is always fighting to bring down costs, grow our economy, and improve the lives of all Montanans. Jon serves as Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Senate Commerce, Indian Affairs, Banking, and Appropriations Committees.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Sharla Bitz   DOB: 8/21/1956