Tester Statement on Montana U.S. Marshal Nomination

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced his support for the nomination of Craig Anderson of Dawson County to be the next U.S. Marshal for the District of Montana, and released the following statement:

“To keep our communities safe, we need to make sure our law enforcement agencies are fully staffed and ready to go—which is why I’m proud to support the nomination of Dawson County’s own Craig Anderson to be the next U.S. Marshal for Montana. Craig’s commitment to the rule of law and his decades of experience on the ground in Eastern Montana make him well-qualified to oversee operations of the U.S. Marshals Service in the Treasure State, which plays an important role in getting criminals off our streets. With calls to ‘Defund the FBI’ growing louder among Republican politicians and violent threats against federal agents on the rise, it’s critical that all of my colleagues in the Senate join me in supporting Montana’s law enforcement officers by confirming Craig quickly so he can get to work protecting our communities.”

Anderson served as Dawson County Shueriff from 2003-2014, and he served as the Chief Probation Officer for Montana’s Seventh Judicial District from 1979-2003. He has been involved in multiple criminal justice initiatives in the state, including serving as a member of the Montana Board of Crime Control (1982-2003), a member of the Youth Justice Council (1980-2002), Chairman of the State Juvenile Detention Task Force (1994-2003), President of the Montana Probation Officers’ Association (1986), and President of the Montana Correctional Association (1984). Anderson is also an active member of his community, including previously serving as Chairman of the Dawson County Boys and Girls Club, Chairman of the Glendive Medical Center Board of Directors, President of the Glendive Lions Club, and was a founding member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Miles City/Glendive.

The U.S. Marshal for the District of Montana oversees operations of the U.S. Marshals Service in the state, including protecting courts, transporting prisoners, pursuing fugitives, and serving federal arrest warrants.