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Oct 4, 2019

Tester Tackles Tough Questions in Billings at 5th In-Person Town Hall of the Year

Senator responds to constituents, solicits feedback from group of more than 150 people in face-to-face public forum


U.S. Senator Jon Tester yesterday took questions, comments, and feedback from a group of more than 150 Billings-area constituents at his 5th public, in-person town hall of the year.

“When you come to a town hall like this one, you’re holding your representatives accountable—there are no questions you can’t ask and no doors to hide behind,” Tester said. “In order to do this job you’ve got to listen to the folks you represent, whether they agree with you or not. It’s the only way you can find out what’s working and what isn’t and bring that information back to Washington.”

Tester heard from constituents on issues including climate change, protecting public lands, making sure we do right by our veterans, dark money in our elections, civic engagement, and breaking the gridlock in Congress.

Responding to a question about the mental health crisis in rural America and his Seeding Rural Resilience Act, Tester said, “If we could [get more mental health professionals in rural America] and then reduce the stigma around mental health so that people understand that if they’ve got a problem, it’s not something that can’t be fixed… then I think we’re well on our way to solving the problem. But right now there is such a stigma attached to mental illness that folks don’t want to admit it… And so we need more professionals on the ground and we need to have people—family members, friends, be able to see when a person is in crisis so they can help. And that’s hard but it’s got to happen.”

This is Tester’s fifth in-person, public town hall this year—following forums in Bozeman, Missoula, Helena, and Great Falls—and his twelfth since President Trump took office. He has held dozens of Facebook Live town halls and public forums since 2016, ranging on topics from health care reform to Farm Bill reauthorization, VA community care, the ongoing trade war, and local infrastructure priorities across Montana.

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


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
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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