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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

DSCC Chairman

Political Highlights: Big Sandy School Board of Trustees, 1983-92; Mont. Senate, 1999-2007; U.S. Senate, 2007-present
Born: Aug. 21, 1956; Havre, Mont.
Residence: Big Sandy
Religion: Christian
Family: Wife, Sharla Tester; two children
Education: College of Great Falls, B.A. 1978
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2006 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Agriculture; Defense; Energy-Water; Homeland Security; Interior-Environment; Military Construction-VA - Ranking Member); Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Economic Policy; Housing, Transportation & Community Development; Securities, Insurance & Investment); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Permanent Investigations; Regulatory Affairs & Federal Management); Indian Affairs; Veterans' Affairs

Election History
2012generalJon Tester (D) 236,12348.6
Denny Rehberg (R) 218,05144.9
Dan Cox (LIBERT) 31,8926.6
2006generalJon Tester (D) 199,84549.2
Conrad Burns (R) 196,28348.3
Stan Jones (LIBERT) 10,3772.6
Roll Call Vitals


Montana is 40th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


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Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.