In Bozeman, Tester Fields Questions From More than 100 Montanans at Public Town Hall

Senator is the only member of the Montana congressional delegation to hold public town halls;

Tester returns to in-person public town halls following COVID-19 pandemic after more than 20 virtual town halls

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today answered questions and solicited feedback from a crowd of more than 100 constituents at the Bozeman Public Safety Center.

“Hosting town halls and hearing directly from Montanans is a basic part of my job that all elected officials should do,” Tester said. “There is nothing better than hearing directly from folks in their community. At a time when too many politicians hide behind phony photo ops, I’m thrilled to be on the ground, hosting another public town hall to ensure Montanans’ voices are heard.

Before taking questions, Tester emphasized the importance of in-person town halls to the democratic process, and the need for open communication with elected officials to hold them accountable. Tester then opened the floor for questions concerning issues related to VA health care, housing, climate change, and national security, among others.

Tester is the only member of the Montana congressional delegation to hold public town hall meetings. He held eight in 2019, including in Bozeman, and when the COVID-19 pandemic prevented large, in-person gatherings, he hosted 21 virtual town halls. This event marks his first in-person post-pandemic town hall meeting.

Tester speaking into a microphone at his Bozeman town hall.
A constituent asking Tester a question at his Bozeman town hall.