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 2018 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 Oct 17, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
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Jon Tester sits on the following committees:
- Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Member, Subcommittee on Aviation and Space
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Tester was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- 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.
- S. 1580 (114th): Competitive Service Act of 2015
- S. 1125 (114th): Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act of 2015
Does 16 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. 2599: A bill to amend the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 to ...
- S. 2412: Addiction Treatment Access Act
- S. 2388: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the ...
- S. 2336: Department of Veterans Affairs Information Technology Reform Act of 2019
- S. 2265: GI Bill Work Study Improvement Act of 2019
- S. 2061: Veteran Housing Opportunities and Unemployment Support Extension Act of 2019
- S. 1934: Parity in Veterans Health Care Rights Act
From Jan 2007 to Oct 2019, Tester missed 29 of 3,923 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 1.5% 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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