Tester earns key endorsement from Realtors

3,400-member Montana group: Tester a ‘strong leader’

Tester a champion of 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, flood insurance protection

MISSOULA, Mont. – Montana farmer Jon Tester today racked up another key endorsement in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

The National Association of REALTORS is backing Tester at the recommendation of the Montana Association of REALTORS.

The realtors highlighted Tester’s commitment to protecting the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, which Tester says is essential to a vibrant middle class. He also recently authored a law protecting homeowners from rising flood insurance rates by forcing government agencies to cut red tape.

“Senator Tester has been a strong leader for REALTORS and homeowners, including leading the charge for responsible reform of the mortgage finance system to ensure affordable, long-term financing is available to prospective homebuyers while protecting taxpayers and correcting past problems,” said Montana Association REALTORS RPAC Chair Ed Hudson. “It is a credit to his leadership that the national housing market shows signs of recovery.”

“In the Senate, I have every confidence Senator Tester will continue to be a voice for realtors,” said Judy Gudgel, President of the Montana Association of REALTORS. “His work on legislation dealing with flood insurance, protecting the mortgage interest deduction, and working on behalf of Montana homeowners facing foreclosure or trying to work through short sales benefits all of us. His leadership is just what Montana and the nation need from those representing us.”

The National Association of REALTORS is a parent organization of the 3,400-member Montana Association of REALTORS.

“The men and women who drive Montana’s real estate industry are critical to Montana’s economy, its small businesses and most importantly, to the families who call our state home,” Tester said. “This endorsement is a tremendous honor that reinforces my priorities of hard work, responsible decisions and always putting Montana first.”

Notably, Tester’s opponent, Congressman Dennis Rehberg, is a realtor.