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Jeff Fortenberry

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Jeff Fortenberry
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Preceded by Doug Bereuter
Personal details
Born (1960-12-27) December 27, 1960 (age 56)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Political party Republican
Residence Lincoln, Nebraska
Alma mater Louisiana State University, Georgetown University, Franciscan University
Occupation politician, economist

Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Fortenberry (born December 27, 1960) is the U.S. Representative for Nebraska's 1st congressional district, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is based in Lincoln and includes most of the eastern third of the state outside the immediate Omaha area. He is the current dean of Nebraska's Congressional Delegation.[1]

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

He graduated from Catholic High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He holds a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University, a master's degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and a bachelor's degree in economics from Louisiana State University.

He has previously worked as an economist, in local economic development, and as a publishing executive for Sandhills Publishing. He was also a policy analyst for the Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations.[2]

Lincoln City Council (1997–2001)[edit]

Fortenberry was an at-large member of the Lincoln City Council from 1997 to 2001. His main commitments in this role were community revitalization and increasing public safety, but doing both without raising taxation. Among the economic development and community revitalization projects he worked on were the transition of a major public hospital and building a new baseball stadium.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives (2005–present)[edit]



Incumbent Republican U.S. Congressman Doug Bereuter of Nebraska's 1st congressional district decided to retire. Fortenberry decided to run and won the 7-candidate Republican primary with 39% of the vote. He defeated Curt Bromm (33%), the Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature, and Club for Growth-endorsed businessman Greg Ruehle (21%).[4][5] In the general election, he defeated State Senator Matt Connealy 54%–43%. He won all but two counties: Thurston and Burt.[6][7]


Fortenberry won re-election to a second term, defeating former Lieutenant Governor Maxine Moul, 58%–42%, winning all but Burt County.[8][9]


He won re-election to a third term, defeating Marine veteran Max Yashirin 70–30%.[10]


He was challenged in the Republican primary for the first time since 2004. He drew two opponents and won with 84% of the vote.[11] He won re-election to a fourth term, defeating legislative staffer Ivy Harper, 71%–29%.[12]


He drew two opponents in the Republican primary again, but won with 86% of the vote.[13]


He won re-election to a sixth term, defeating attorney and Democrat Dennis Crawford.[14]


He won re-election to a seventh term, defeating doctor and Democrat Dan Wik. [15]


Agriculture, energy, and environment

Fortenberry introduced the Renewable Fuels for America’s Future Act of 2010. The act was presided by the Lincoln Journal Star editorial board as "a smart and thoughtful way to reduce subsidies for the production of ethanol."[16] The act would result in taxpayer savings of $5.67 billion, according to economists Ernie Goss of Creighton University and Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University.[17]


Fortenberry voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but says that "the supports 'the right type of (health care) reform" incorporating measures to reduce costs, improve outcomes and protect vulnerable people."[18] He introduced H.R. 321, the SCHIP Plus Act of 2009 to offer eligible families the choice of retaining coverage for their children in the State Children's Health Insurance Program or using SCHIP funds to help pay for a family insurance plan, saving both family and taxpayer dollars.[19]

Foreign affairs

Fortenberry claims to be "uncommonly well-informed on international issues".[20]


Fortenberry received a 100% pro-life score from the National Right to Life Committee.[21] He speaks annually at the March for Life.

Committee assignments[edit]

Fortenberry was listed by Foreign Policy magazine in 2010 as a "new Republican powerbroker" on nuclear security issues.[23] He is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.

Caucus memberships for the 115th Congress[edit]

    • Nuclear Security Working Group — Co-Chairman
    • Congressional Friends of Jordan Caucus — Vice Chair
    • Congressional Caucus on Beef — Co-Chairman
    • Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus — Co-Chairman
    • Friends of Switzerland Caucus — Co-Chairman
    • House Biofuels Caucus
    • Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
    • Congressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
    • Coalition on Autism Research and Education
    • House Rural Health Care Coalition
    • House Small Brewers Caucus
    • Congressional Community Pharmacy Coalition
    • Congressional Children’s Health Care Caucus
    • Rural Veterans Caucus
    • Green Schools Caucus
    • Congressional Native American Caucus
    • House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
    • Congressional Soils Caucus
    • Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus
    • Congressional Military Family Caucus
    • House International Conservation Caucus
    • Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
    • House Army Caucus
    • Congressional African Staff Association
    • Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
    • Congressional Humanities Caucus
    • House Library of Congress Caucus
    • Congressional Rural Caucus
    • Congressional Scouting Caucus
    • House Oceans Caucus
    • General Aviation Caucus
    • Congressional Fire Services Caucus[24]


  1. ^ Morton, Joseph (November 8, 2016). "Incumbents Jeff Fortenberry, Adrian Smith easily win re-election in Nebraska House races". Omaha World Herald. 
  2. ^ "Jeff Fortenberry – Early Career – Analyst". 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Member of the U.S. House of Representatives". 
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - NE - District 01 - R Primary Race - May 11, 2004". 
  6. ^ "Our Campaigns - NE - District 01 Race - Nov 02, 2004". 
  7. ^ "Member of the U.S. House of Representatives". 
  8. ^ "Our Campaigns - NE - District 01 Race - Nov 07, 2006". 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Our Campaigns - NE - District 01 Race - Nov 04, 2008". 
  11. ^ "Our Campaigns - NE District 01- R Primary Race - May 11, 2010". 
  12. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Ivy Harper". 
  13. ^ "Our Campaigns - NE District 1 - R Primary Race - May 15, 2012". 
  14. ^
  15. ^ Bureau, Joseph Morton / World-Herald. "Incumbents Jeff Fortenberry, Adrian Smith easily win re-election in Nebraska House races". Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  16. ^ "Editorial, 7/28: Jeff Fortenberry's ethanol plan has merit". 28 July 2010. 
  17. ^ "Ethanol Producer Magazine – The Latest News and Data About Ethanol Production". 
  18. ^ Don Walton/Lincoln Journal Star (28 October 2010). "Fortenberry faces newcomer Harper in 1st District". Fremont Tribune. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ "Editorial, 10/15: Lincoln Journal Star endorses Jeff Fortenberry". 15 October 2010. 
  21. ^ "National Right to Life - NRLC Scorecard". 
  22. ^ " - Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress". 
  23. ^,10
  24. ^ "Caucus Membership". Congressman Jeff Fortenberry. 2014-12-09. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Doug Bereuter (R)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Charlie Dent
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Virginia Foxx
R-North Carolina