Tester is the senior senator from Montana and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 4, 2007. Tester is next up for reelection in 2024.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Tester.
Tester is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Tester has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Feb 25, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
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Jon Tester sits on the following committees:
Tester was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3039: A bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program, and ...
- S. 51: Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2019
- S. 60: Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act
- S. 2248 (115th): Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018
- S. 501: East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
- S. 544: A bill to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes.
- S. 719 (114th): A bill to rename the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Great Falls, Montana, the Captain John E. Moran and Captain William Wylie Galt Armed Forces Reserve Center.
Does 18 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Tester sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Tester’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3266: Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2020
- S.Res. 491: A resolution designating the week beginning February 2, 2020, as “National Tribal Colleges ...
- S. 3177: Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act of 2020
- S. 3113: Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Water Rights ...
- S. 3089: BUILD for Veterans Act of 2019
- S. 3039: A bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant ...
- S. 3050: A bill to amend the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Act of 1978 ...
From Jan 2007 to Feb 2020, Tester missed 29 of 4,087 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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