NEW PAID DIGITAL AD: Jon’s Fight For Montana’s Students

Billings—Today, the campaign for Big Sandy farmer and U.S. Senator Jon Tester launched a new paid digital ad for his 2018 re-election campaign highlighting Tester’s relentless advocacy for Montana students in the face of bureaucratic red tape.

Last year, TRiO, a Montana program that helps expand educational opportunities to first generation and low income students, was initially denied funding by Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education because one page in their 65-page application was not double-spaced. When Tester found out, he raised hell—and because of his advocacy, the application was approved.

“Jon strongly believes that every Montanan, regardless of their background, should be able to afford education,” said Christie Roberts, Campaign Manager for Montanans for Tester. “When government bureaucracy denied Montana students an opportunity to succeed, Jon was the first to fight back. Washington could use more Montana common sense—and Jon is proud to bring that to work with him every day.”


Tester has gone to bat for students his entire career. His record of fighting for students includes defending them from predatory loan practices, simplifying the financial aid process, and expanding educational opportunities for veterans. Jon has also been a strong supporter of vocational and work training programs.

East Coast developer Matt Rosendale has regularly tried to make college less affordable for Montanans. Rosendale has called for taking federal funding away from colleges and universities, which would undermine critical federal financial aid like the Pell Grant program. He voted against a bill that would have expanded educational opportunities for Native American students, and even voted against creating scholarships for Montana Purple Heart recipients and engineering students.