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The junior United States Senator from Montana, serving since 2007.
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ENG: Jon Tester (born August 21, 1956) is the junior U.S. Senator for Montana, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served as President of the Montana Senate. Early life Tester was born in Havre, Montana, one of three sons of Helen Marie (Pearson) and David O. Tester. Tester grew up in Chouteau County, near the town of Big Sandy, Montana, on the land that his grandfather homesteaded in 1916. At the age of 9, he lost the middle three fingers of his left hand in a meat-grinder accident. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Great Falls with a B.S. in music. He then worked for two years as a music teacher in the Big Sandy School District before returning to his family's farm and custom butcher shop. He and his wife continue to operate the ...
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The Democrats' Last, Best Hope


Jon Tester, United States senator, is face down in the mud. Earlier today, Tester and his wife, Sharla, drove from Great Falls, Mont., to their home, T-Bone Farms, 80 miles northeast. It’s a journey the Testers have been making nearly every weekend since Jon joined the Senate in January 2007. As usual, they followed the Teton River through sloping sandstone canyons and out onto a vast expanse of flat, treeless farmland, with only the occasional man-made interruption: the United Grain silos in Kershaw, the Ace High Casino in Loma, a billboard about chewing tobacco. “Quitting Was ...


Tester: Even Montanans Are Complaining About Foreclosures


If Montanans are complaining, it must be serious. “Montana is not a state where people come to their U.S. senator just willy-nilly,” Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.) said during a hearing Tuesday on the foreclosure mess, arguing that there’s no question problems with foreclosure documents and lenders operations go far beyond a few isolated incidents. His home state has just 950,000 residents and still he has staff members spending “a ton of time” on foreclosure-related problems, Mr. Tester said, detailing two cases involving Bank of America Corp. Mr. Tester ...


Sen. Tester touts food safety exemption for small farmers


Sen. Jon Tester met with his fellow farmers on Friday to explain how he'd kept them out of new federal food regulations. "When I first saw the bill, it didn't take into consideration farmers markets and direct marketing," Tester said during a visit to the Good Food Store in Missoula. "In the end, it would have eliminated your ability to sell at farmers markets." S. 510 imposes new requirements for food safety and quality. While he agreed the bill is necessary to keep dangers like salmonella and E. coli contamination out of the nation's food supply, Tester said it shouldn't wipe out the ...


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Prescription Prices are Out of Control
Any Montanan can tell you that the cost of prescription drugs is rising out of control. This is the health care problem Congress should be solving. And there is bipartisan support for action. Jon has a plan to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable and keep costs down. Sign on and ask Congress to take action.
Montanans Deserve Some “Damn Answers”
“Tester, Murkowski infuriated by Indian Health Service response to proposed cuts” — Billings Gazette; 7/13/2017 “Sen. Tester…demands “damn answers” from Indian Health Secretary” — KPAX, 7/13/2017 When government officials fail the people of Montana, Jon demands accountability. This isn’t an issue of party — each of us, Democrats and Republicans, have a role to play […]
Missoula Current: Tester bill looks to deter drug-price increases through transparency
A new bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on Wednesday looks to lower prescription drug costs for Montanans by bringing more transparency to the pharmaceutical industry. The measure, Stopping the Pharmaceutical Industry from Keeping Drugs Expensive Act, or SPIKE, would force prescription drug companies to publicly disclose detailed information about a significant price increase […]
Crossroads Targets Dems for Budget Woes
The conservative group Crossroads GPS has launched a $7 million ad campaign targeting President Obama, five Democratic senators and 10 representatives. A lot of the content in the ads ...



 
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