Saturday, October 20, 2012

Jon Tester


Jon Tester

Senator                        Montana                       Democrat
Elected 2006

Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Indian Affairs
Veterans’ Affairs


ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                               85
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                    protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                   80
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                    94
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                  57
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                     67
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                           16
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                       36

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                   20
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                       social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                              9
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                             0
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                       oppose abortion

Votes in 111th Congress:  2009 – 2010

Yes      Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
Yes      Pass $787 Billion Stimulus
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
Yes      Repeal DC Gun Laws
            Repeal DC firearms limits and semiautomatic weapons ban
Yes      Confirm Sonia Sotomayor
            Confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court
Yes      Pass Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance
Yes      Regulate Financial Firms
            Regulations on financial services firms
Yes      Pass Tax Cuts for Some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
No       Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
Yes      Ratify New START
            Ratify Strategic Arms Treaty with Russia
Yes      Confirm Elena Kagan
            Confirm Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
No       Stop EPA Climate Regulations
            Oppose EPA regulations of greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act
Yes      Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military

Year                 Candidate                     Vote                                         Campaign Chest

2010                Jon Tester (D)              199,845  49%                          5,588,548
                        Conrad Burns (R)         196,283  48                             9,335,274

Population 2010:                      989,415
State Rank:                               44th
Change since 2000:                 up 9.7%

Urban:                                      54%
Rural:                                       46

Billings                                      104,170
Missoula                                     66,788
Great Falls                                  58,505
Bozeman                                    37,280

Median Income:                          43,345
Median Home Value:                174,900

Private Employment:                 71%
Government Employment:         19
Self-Employed:                           10
Poverty:                                    15
Blue Collar:                              21
White Collar:                            58

Median Age:                            39
Over 65:                                   14%
Under 18:                                 23

High School Graduates:            91%
College Graduates:                   27
Graduate Degree:                       8

Veterans:                                  13%

Registered Voters 2010:
No Party Registration
Voter Turnout -                        367,096
Turnout, Voting Age -              48%

White:                                      88%
Hispanic:                                    3
Native American                       6

2008 Presidential Vote:
John McCain (R) -                   242,763            50
Barack Obama (D) -                231,667           47
Ron Paul (CNP) -                       10,638            2

CNP    Constitution Party

2004 Presidential Vote:
George W. Bush (R) -            266,063           59%
John Kerry (D) -                      173,710           39

Jon Tester Voting History:

Votes in the 110th Congress:  2007 – 2008

Yes      Raise CAFE standards
            Limit debate on setting higher fuel standards for vehicles
Yes      Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Yes      Cap Greenhouse Gases
            Limit debate on setting Cap and Trade system to curb climate change
No       Bailout Financial Markets
            $700 billion dollar bailout of financial industry
Yes      Make English Official Language
            English the official language of the US
No       Path to Citizenship
            Limit debate on immigration reform bill
No       Fetus is Unborn Child
            Define fetus as an unborn child
Yes      Prosecute Hate Crimes
            Limit debate on measure funding prosecution of hate crimes
Yes      Withdraw Troops March, 2008
            Withdrawal of most US troops in Iraq by March, 2008
No       Iran Guard is Terrorist Group
            Iranian Revolutionary Guard is terrorist group
No       Increase Missile Defense Funding
            Increase funding for missile defense
No       Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

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