Tester, Daines Honor Senator John Melcher’s Life
Senate Passes Resolution Commemorating Melcher’s Commitment to Montana
(U.S. Senate) – The U.S. Senate has passed Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines’ resolution honoring the life of Senator John Melcher as a father, husband, veteran and veterinarian:
Relative to the death of the Honorable John Melcher, Senator from the State of Montana.
Whereas the Honorable John Melcher was first elected to Congress in 1969 and served in the House of Representatives for more than 7 years until 1977 and in the Senate for 12 years until 1989;
Whereas the Honorable John Melcher served in the United States Army during World War II and was part of the Battle of the Bulge;
Whereas the Honorable John Melcher received the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Bronze Star for his service;
Whereas the Honorable John Melcher graduated from veterinary school at Iowa State University in 1950, after which he moved with his family to Forsyth, Montana and established his own veterinary clinic;
Whereas the Honorable John Melcher served on the Forsyth city council starting in 1953 and served as mayor from 1955 to 1961 prior to serving as a State representative and State senator in Montana;
Whereas the Honorable John Melcher understood the value of public land and paved the way for future pieces of legislation to preserve the breathtaking landscapes of Montana;
Whereas the Honorable John Melcher passionately stood up for family farmers and ranchers in Montana and ensured his colleagues understood the importance of the agricultural sector;
and Whereas the Honorable John Melcher served with great humility, determination, integrity, and love of his family, the State of Montana, and the United States:
Now, therefore, be it resolved that – the Senate – has heard with profound sorrow and deep regret the announcement of the death of the Honorable John Melcher, Senator from the State of Montana; and respectfully requests that the Secretary of the Senate communicate this resolution to the House of Representatives and transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to the family of the Honorable John Melcher; and when the Senate adjourns on the date of adoption of this resolution, it stands adjourned as a further mark of respect to the memory of the deceased Senator.
The full text of the resolution is available HERE.