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Jun 24, 2020   |  

MTN News: Getting to know Montana's senior senator

By: Jay Kohn

In an hour-long interview with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, the KTVQ editorial board heard the Democrat cover a host of hard topics, from the country's COVID-19 response, to police reform, to the 2020 elections.

Tester also touched on some lighter moments, especially when asked what he does to relax.

"This is going to sound weird, but on Father's Day, you know what I did? I spent 12 hours on the tractor," said Tester. "I can sit there and think about anything that I want to think about. If I want to listen to music I can turn on the radio. I actually saw myself getting stuff done. It might seem weird to you, agriculture drives a lot of people crazy, but it keeps me sane."

And what music does the senator, with a music degree, like listening to on that tractor?

He craves classic rock from the 70's, mentioning Three Dog Night and the Doobie Brothers. As a trumpet player ,he still loves Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. But, if he had to pick out just one singer, it's country western crooner Hank Snow that tops his list.

"I'm a big fan," said Tester. "Hank Snow has got just a beautiful voice, just beautiful."

By the way, Tester is back sporting his trademark flat top haircut these days, fresh off a trip to the barber last Friday. With haircuts off limits during the pandemic shutdown, Tester's new 'do has been quite the topic of discussion.

"It's probably been since the late 80's since I had longer hair, but it's back," joked Tester.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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