Obama, Bullock, Tester and Daines Comment on Baucus Retirement

By Beacon Staff

Political figures from across the country have been commenting on the news of Sen. Max Baucus’ retirement, including the president, who thanked the senator for his decades of public service. I’ve attached several of the statements released today.

President Barack Obama:

“I want to thank Max Baucus for his nearly 35 years of service to the people of Montana. Max has made small businesses a top priority, often taking ‘Work Days’ to visit local businesses across Montana and spend a day working alongside his constituents to gain perspective and help bolster the local economy. As Finance Committee Chairman and a senior member of both the Agriculture and the Environment and Public Works Committees, Max has been a leader on a broad range of issues that touch the lives of Americans across the country. Michelle and I commend Senator Baucus on his career, and wish him and his family well in the future.”

Sen. Jon Tester

“Max’s number one priority has been – and will continue to be – making Montana a better place to live, work and raise a family. For years, Max has stood up for Montana values in Washington, and he has a lot to be proud of. I will miss his counsel and friendship in the Senate, but look forward to working with him for the next two years to move our state and our nation forward. I wish him and Mel nothing but the best as they spend the rest of their lives enjoying Big Sky Country.”

Rep. Steve Daines:

“For four decades, Senator Max Baucus has been a dedicated public servant for the people of Montana. I appreciate his lifetime of service to our state, and wish him and Melodee the very best as they finish this term and move forward with the next chapter of their lives. There are many challenges facing our country, and we need strong leadership in the U.S. Senate that puts partisanship and politics aside and puts the people of Montana and the future of our country first. It is critically important that this seat be filled by someone prepared to change the direction and culture of our nation.”

Gov. Steve Bullock:

“From leading the effort to prevent the privatization of Social Security, to ensuring that every child in this country has access to a doctor, Max Baucus has been a fighter for Montana, and a good friend to me. Montanans will never forget Max’s decades of public service or the incredible legacy he leaves behind.”

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