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Outdoor Industry Association Endorses Jon Tester for U.S. Senate

August 30, 2018

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Cody Wertz

Tester is a longtime supporter of Montana’s land and water and the state’s $7.1 billion outdoor recreation economy

BOULDER, Colo. – August 30, 2018 – Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today announced its endorsement of U.S. Senator Jon Tester for reelection, due in large part to his steadfast support for efforts to fund and protect Montana’s land and water and Montana’s $7.1 billion outdoor recreation economy, along with the 71,000 jobs it supports. OIA supported Senator Tester in his 2012 campaign and presented him with the 2018 OIA Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award earlier this year for his tireless efforts on behalf of the outdoor industry.

“Senator Tester is once again OIA’s clear choice in the Montana Senate race,” said Amy Roberts, executive director of OIA. “Senator Tester is one of the outdoor industry’s strongest allies in the Senate, continually working with Republicans and Democrats alike to advocate for the protection of the public lands Montanans and Americans use to fish, hunt and hike. We look forward to his reelection and continued support in Montana and in Washington, D.C.”

“I am honored to receive Outdoor Industry Association’s endorsement,” said Senator Tester. “Montana is home to world-class hunting and fishing, the best trail system in the world and an outdoor economy that contributes $7 billion and more than 70,000 jobs. I’ll never stop fighting to keep our public lands in public hands and defend our Montana way of life. Together, we can keep Montana the Last Best Place.”

OIA makes formal candidate endorsements after the OIA Board of Directors approves those endorsements.

Stay tuned for more electoral-related announcements from OIA, including more about our “Vote the Outdoors” effort to provide our membership with information to make voting decisions that support the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. Visit the OIA Congressional Scorecard page to see your elected representatives’ grade and be on the lookout for OIA’s 2018 Vote the Outdoors Voters Guide on October 1.


About Outdoor Industry Association

Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA unites and serves 1300 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. For more information, visit