Don’t let that dirt farmer from Montana fool you.
From his brush cut to his size 12C cowboy boots, Jon Tester exudes the image of the wheat grower he is. With his frequent references to his farm near Big Sandy, Mont., you’d almost think he drove to Washington on a tractor.
But his plain-spoken, self-effacing manner can be disarming. Tester, a second-term Senate Democrat has a way of confronting administration officials without making a show of it, a skill not always practiced by some of this congressional colleagues, particularly those in the House.
It’s a skill that comes in handy as chairman of the Senate workforce subcommittee, a role that makes him a key player in the lives of 2 million federal employees.
Read the full story in the Federal Diary, online this evening and in tomorrow’s print editions of The Washington Post.