Montanans know that transparency and accountability are essential in our government. Often saying that “a little sunshine in government is always a good thing,” Jon has carried that attitude with him. The transparency and ethics standards he enforces in his offices are unmatched in Congress.
When Jon went to Washington, he immediately became a trailblazer for shining some much-needed light into every corner of our government. Jon made history the very first day he took office, fulfilling a campaign promise to hold himself accountable by becoming the first member of Congress to post his daily public schedule online for all Montanans to see.
And after helping pass the most sweeping ethics reforms since Watergate, he went beyond those rules and banned all gifts, meals, and travel from lobbyists for himself and his staff.
Jon bars any former staffers who become lobbyists from lobbying him, or being rehired in his office. He also supports legislation that would permanently prevent former members of Congress from becoming registered lobbyists.
Holding himself and his staff to a higher, Montana-bred ethical standard, Jon is the only member of Congress who voluntarily requests regular, independent ethics reviews of his office conducted by retired Montana judges. So far, three Montana judges have praised Jon’s ethics policies, and Jon has posted the results on his website for his constituents to review.
Jon believes that public service should be about the people you serve, not about a paycheck. That’s why he helped kill pay raises for members of Congress, and helped pass legislation in the Senate that would repeal automatic Congressional pay raises.
Jon’s record of cleaning up Washington has earned him the title “Montana’s advocate for accountability.”