Summary

Jon Tester was born in 1956 and is currently serving as the senior United States Senator from Montana. Senator Tester was reelected in 2018 and his seat will be up for election in 2024.

Prior to becoming a U.S. Senator in 2007, Tester served in the Montana Senate. He was first elected on the State Senate in 1998, and in 2005 he was chosen to serve as Montana Senate President. Tester was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, defeating Republican incumbent Conrad Burns in one of the closest Senate races of that year. He won reelection in 2012 in another close race. He is currently the dean of the Montana congressional delegation.

Senator Tester is currently the Ranking Member on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and the Indian Affairs Committee.

Below is Senator Tester’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Senator Tester supported the Iran nuclear deal, considering it the only option at the time to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. He supported legislation that objected UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity. He opposes the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and cosponsored the Combating BDS Act of 2017, a bill that aimed to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel.

In 2018, Senator Tester cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, a legislation that supported full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding.  

In 2019, he voted for the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act which, among other things, strengthened Israel’s security and allowed a state or local government to adopt measures to divest its assets from entities that boycott Israel.

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Supported the Iran nuclear deal https://www.tester.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=4084

Voted For the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act of 2019 https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=116&session=1&vote=00016

Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and supported the two-state solution https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors

Supported the Taylor Force Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1697/cosponsors

Cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2497/cosponsors

Cosponsored Senate Resolution 120 that opposes the global BDS movement https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-resolution/120