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 and serves until Jan 3, 2025.
Read our 2020 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 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 3, 2017 to May 16, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Jon Tester sits on the following committees:
Tester was the primary sponsor of 30 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3779: Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act
- S. 3023: A bill making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for other purposes.
- S. 1910: Major Medical Facility Authorization Act of 2021
- S. 682: SAVE LIVES Act
- S. 4910 (116th): GRACE for Homeless Veterans Act of 2020
- S. 785 (116th): Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019
- S. 3637 (116th): A bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to extend lease protections for servicemembers under stop movement orders in response to a local, national, or global …
Does 30 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:
Recently Introduced Bills
Tester recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 4223: A bill to increase, effective as of December 1, 2022, the rates of …
- S. 4169: Expanding Veterans’ Options for Long Term Care Act
- S. 4156: VA Workforce Improvement, Support, and Expansion (WISE) Act of 2022
- S. 3958: China Trade Cheating Restitution Act of 2022
- S.Res. 561: A resolution designating the first week of April 2022 as “National Asbestos Awareness …
- S. 3870: Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022
- S. 3844: Economic Continuity and Stability Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2007 to May 2022, Tester missed 53 of 5,025 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is better than the median of 2.3% 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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