Senator Jon Tester is 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, Mont. 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.
A proven record:
Tester is at the forefront of the fight to rein in Big Money in politics and increase transparency in elections. He’s introduced bills in the Senate to shine a light on the secret, untraceable money funding our elections; put forth a constitutional amendment that strikes at the heart of Citizens United by declaring that corporations are not people; and, most recently, stood with Montana families by opposing Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, citing his extreme position on money in politics. In response, dark money groups – groups that can raise unlimited amounts of money without disclosing their donors – have rushed into Montana and dumped nearly $1 million to attack Tester.
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