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Mar 15, 2017

Tester Recognized as a Champion for Transparency, Advocate for Public Access to Information

Senator Receives Prestigious 2017 James Madison Award from American Library Association

Tester Recognized as a Champion for Transparency, Advocate for Public Access to Information

(U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester today was recognized as one of the most transparent members of the U.S. Senate and an advocate for public access to government information.

Tester received the 2017 James Madison Award during Sunshine Week from the American Library Association for his work to increase the public's ability to access government information, bring more transparency to elections, and disclose the details of secret government contracts.

"It is a true honor to receive this award. Throughout my time in the U.S. Senate, I have made it a priority to bring more transparency and accountability to Washington," said Tester after receiving the award. "By shedding more light across the federal government and holding officials more accountable, we can eliminate waste and ensure that folks in Washington, D.C. are working more efficiently on behalf of all Americans."

Tester was nominated for the award by Montana State University Assistant Professor Ann Ewbank. Ann is a former librarian and is the Director of Montana State University's School Library Media Certificate Program.

"Senator Tester is richly deserving of this award," Ewbank said. "His commitment to government transparency and open information was apparent from the day he assumed office by being the first Senator to publish his daily schedule online. During the Senator's tenure, he has sponsored legislation that has solidified his pledge to make government practices fully accessible to Montanans and the American people."

Tester is sponsoring the Public Online Information Act, which will make all public records from the Executive Branch permanently available on the Internet in a searchable database at no cost to constituents, and he is pushing to make public all of the private contracts within the VA over $100 million.

Tester sent a letter to President Trump earlier this week encouraging him to work with Republicans and Democrats to increase transparency in our democratic process.

Tester is also sponsoring multiple bills to increase transparency in political campaigns. He was the first Senator in history to post his daily public schedule online.

The American Library Association's James Madison Award was established in 1989 to recognize individuals who have worked to protect and promote public access to government.


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


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Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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