Senator, D-Montana

Tester and his wife Sharla farm the same land his grandparents homesteaded nearly 100 years ago. He was elected to the U.S. Senate on Nov. 7, 2006, after a long history of public service in the Big Sky State. Tester served as chair of the Big Sandy School Board and on his local Soil Conservation Service Committee before running for the Montana Senate in 1997.  Tester served two four-year terms in the Montana Legislature. In 2005, he was chosen to serve as the President of the Montana Senate.Tester was born in Havre, Montana, on August 21, 1956. He graduated from the College of Great Falls in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Music. In addition to farming and running a custom butcher shop, Tester also worked as a music teacher for Big Sandy Public Schools.The Testers now grow organic wheat, barley, lentils, peas, millet, buckwheat, and alfalfa. They come home to Montana almost every weekend to hear from Montanans, take care of chores, and visit their children and grandchildren.Tester has field offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula, Montana.  He serves on five Senate committees, including the influential Senate Appropriations Committee.  A fresh face in Washington, Senator Jon Tester has become an authentic and effective voice for frontier communities, rural America, middle class families, small businesses and family farms and ranches.