Tester Celebrates Montanan Martha Williams’ Confirmation to Lead Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Senator Jon Tester released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Montanan Martha Williams to be the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last night:

“Martha Williams’ confirmation to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a victory for Montana, our outdoor economy and heritage, and for every American that cares about what happens to our nation’s greatest natural treasures: our public lands and wildlife. As a Montanan and nonpartisan wildlife expert, Martha has time and again demonstrated her ability to bring sportsmen and conservationists together to find collaborative, science-based solutions to tough problems. Montanans can rest easy knowing the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the 89 million acres of public lands it oversees, are in good hands.”

Prior to her confirmation, Williams served as the Principal Deputy Director of FWS, essentially serving as Acting Director since January 20, 2021. She served as Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks from 2017-2021, and was agency legal counsel for Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks from 1988-2011. Earlier this month, Tester took to the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to support Williams’ confirmation.