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Tester won election to the [[U.S. Senate]] election in 2012. During that election cycle, Tester's campaign committee raised a total of $13,376,360 and spent $13,328,572.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=MI10&cycle=2012http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=MTS1&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013]</ref>
 
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Jon Tester
Jon Tester.jpg
U.S. Senate, Montana
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorConrad Burns (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$13,395,778
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Montana State Senate
1998-2007
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Great Falls
Personal
BirthdayAugust 21, 1956
Place of birthHavre, Montana
ProfessionOrganic Farmer
Net worth$1,141,002
ReligionChurch of God (Anderson)
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jon Tester (b. August 21, 1956) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from Montana. Tester was first elected to the Senate in 2006.

Tester ran unopposed in the Democratic primary in 2012 and faced Denny Rehberg, who had defeated Dennis Teske in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012.[1] Tester won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Tester was a member of the Montana State Senate.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Tester

Biography

Tester was born in Havre, Montana, near the town of Big Sandy, Montana, on the land that his grandfather homesteaded in 1916.[4] In 1978, he graduated from the University of Great Falls with a B.S. in music. He then worked for two years as a music teacher in the Big Sandy School District before returning to his family's farm and custom butcher shop.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Tester's academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Tester serves on the following Senate committees[5]:

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of Homeland
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
    • Subcommittee on Economic Policy
  • Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia
    • Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce
    • Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
  • Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs

2011-2012

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Tester voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2012

Tester ran for re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Denny Rehberg defeated Dennis Teske in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012.[1]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party would end up with control in 2013.[7] The seat rated a a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believed was most likely to change hands was the Senate seat in Montana.[7] The article notes that incumbent Tester is a slight underdog against challenger Denny Rehberg.[7]

On May 4, 2012, [1] reported that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had purchased nearly $3 million in Montana broadcast time from late August through the November general election to help re-elect Tester. According to Politico, "the DSCC's early commitment to fall spending in the race indicated a level of confidence in the Democrat against a less-examined challenger. Given the map of seats the Democrats needed to win to maintain the majority, the DSCC clearly thought Tester is a wise investment." [8]

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Dan Cox took in over 12,500 more votes than the number that separated Tester and Rehberg.[9]

U.S. Senate, Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJon Tester Incumbent 48.6% 236,123
     Republican Denny Rehberg 44.9% 218,051
     Libertarian Dan Cox 6.6% 31,892
Total Votes 486,066

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, raised a total of $13,395,778 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.[11]

Jon Tester's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Montana) Won $13,395,778
Grand Total Raised $13,395,778

2012

Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Tester won election to the U.S. Senate election in 2012. During that election cycle, Tester's campaign committee raised a total of $13,376,360 and spent $13,328,572.[12]

Out-of-state donations

According to an Open Secrets report, Tester ranked among the top ten senate candidates receiving out-of-state donations during the 2012 election cycle. He received $6,057,952, or 77.6%, of his donations from outside of Montana. [13]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Tester is a "centrist Democrat," as of July 1, 2013.[14]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Tester missed 15 of 1,935 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Apr 2013, which is 0.8% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[15]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Tester paid his congressional staff a total of $2,492,099 in 2011. He ranked 12th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranked 41st overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Montana ranked 28th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Tester's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $752,004 and $1,530,000. That averages to $1,141,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net did not change from 2010.[17]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Tester's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $752,004 and $1,530,000. That averages to $1,141,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[18]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Tester was ranked the 41st most liberal senator during 2012.[19]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Jon Tester was ranked the 41st most liberal senator during 2011.[20]

Percentage voting with party

2013

Jon Tester voted with the Democratic Party 81.5% of the time, which ranked 47th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[21]

Recent news

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Personal

Tester is married to Sharla Tester, with whom he has two children, Christine and Shon.[4]

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Montana Secretary of State "Election Results" Accessed June 5, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Montana"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Jon Tester," Accessed July 1, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Jon Tester: The Right Man to Represent Montana". testerforsenate.com.. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  5. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  6. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  8. Politico "DSCC buys nearly $3 million in fall time for Tester race" May 7, 2012
  9. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  11. Open Secrets "Donor history for Jon Tester" April 2013
  12. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  13. Open Secrets, "More than 60 Lawmakers Relied Mostly on Out-of-State Money", May 7, 2013
  14. Gov Track "Jon Tester," Accessed July 1, 2013
  15. GovTrack, "Jon Tester" Accessed April 2013
  16. LegiStorm "Jon Tester"
  17. OpenSecrets.org, "Jon Tester (D-Mont), 2011"
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Tester, (D-Montana), 2010"
  19. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  20. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Conrad Burns
United States Senate - Montana
2007–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Montana Senate
1998–2007
Succeeded by
Jim Shockley