Jon Tester

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Jon Tester
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United States Senator
from Montana
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Serving with Steve Daines
Preceded by Conrad Burns
Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Richard Blumenthal
Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2017
Leader Harry Reid
Preceded by Michael Bennet
Succeeded by Chris Van Hollen
Chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
In office
February 12, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Maria Cantwell
Succeeded by John Barrasso
President of the Montana Senate
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Deputy Dan Harrington
Preceded by Bob Keenan
Succeeded by Mike Cooney
Member of the Montana Senate
from the 15th district
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by ???
Succeeded by Jim Peterson
Member of the Montana Senate
from the 45th district
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by ???
Succeeded by Jim Shockley
Personal details
Born (1956-08-21) August 21, 1956 (age 62)
Havre, Montana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sharla Bitz
Education University of Great Falls (BA)
Website Senate website

Jonathan "Jon" Tester (born August 21, 1956) is the senior United States Senator from Montana, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Tester was first elected to the Senate in 2006, beating Republican incumbent Conrad Burns in one of the closest Senate races of that year. He won re-election in 2012 against Rep. Denny Rehberg in another close race.

Tester previously served as the president of the Montana Senate and worked as a music teacher and farmer. He became the senior Senator in 2014 when Max Baucus resigned to become U.S. ambassador to China. He is currently the dean of the Montana congressional delegation.

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