Jeff Fortenberry

Jeff Fortenberry


Fort Report: Cattle


Communities across Nebraska often welcome people with signs. From 4-H clubs to church groups, from elected officials to Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, nice messages of greetings mark the starting point of many of our towns. There is a particularly memorable sign as you approach the city of West Point. It features a fine-looking herd of cattle looking at you and the words, “Cuming County: Doing Our Part to Feed the World.”

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Fort Report: Iran


One of the more memorable occasions I’ve had in Washington was time spent with one of the American diplomats taken hostage by the Iranians in 1979. Now in his nineties, Bruce Laingen was the Chargé d’Affaires for our embassy in Iran. He, along with 51 others, was held for 444 days in a maddening and humiliating spectacle. This event has had profound impact on our foreign policy considerations for the past 35 years.

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Fort Report: Modern Slavery


At six years old, Rachel had a seemingly normal childhood in Nebraska. She had a stable family environment with lots of brothers and sisters. Rachel was a bit introverted and perhaps this created some vulnerability for her. She was lured in by a neighbor, who in his perversion, set out to sell her for sex to the highest bidder. It’s hard to imagine such trauma could be done to a child, but it happens.  

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Fortenberry Statement on Senator Chambers


Lincoln, NE – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) today made the following statement regarding state Senator Ernie Chambers’ recent remarks before the Nebraska Legislature:

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KLIN Radio: Fortenberry on Chambers, ISIL


Congressman Fortenberry discusses Senator Ernie Chambers’ recent comments, as well as ISIL in the Middle East, with Kevin Thomas on KLIN DriveTime. 

Click on each part of the interview below to listen.

Part One

Part Two

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Fort Report: Reshoring


This month, a young Nebraska woman named Autumn was awarded a "Women in Manufacturing STEP award" for her excellence in science, technology, engineering, and production. I had the pleasure of congratulating her for her hard work and ingenuity when she visited Washington. We talked about manufacturing's importance in providing good paying jobs that can support families and its role in strengthening and diversifying local economies.

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Fortenberry Reintroduces Chief Standing Bear Trail Legislation


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and cosponsor Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) announced that the Natural Resources Committee approved their legislation directing the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail (H.R. 984).

Fortenberry previously spoke before the House of Representatives in support of the legislation. A video of his remarks can be found below:

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Fort Report: You're Invited - Academies and Arts


Last year, I nominated a young man from Nebraska to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. An Army representative attended his graduation awards night and presented his appointment. The young man shook his hand and began to walk off the stage. The Army officer commandingly said, “Cadet, you have not been dismissed!” The young man froze in his tracks. The entire audience began to laugh and gave him a standing ovation. It was one of those moments where the community had reason to celebrate – and the young man got a dose of what was to come in his military service. 

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Fort Report: The Budget Balance


In the midst of America’s many challenges—deep political divides, halting economic progress, ongoing conflict in the Middle East—our government is gearing up for the critical but difficult work of the budgetary cycle. I share the concerns of many people who worry about spending and growing debt, not to mention the frustration at our inability to reach a consensus on budgetary sanity.

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Norfolk Daily News: Fortenberry offers his take on America


After decades of societal changes in the United States and all of the internal arguments about what the country should be, the world still views America as, well, America.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry told members of the Norfolk Rotary Club on Tuesday that despite a preoccupation with pop culture and squabbling over health care, the U.S. is still regarded as a reference point on the world map and moral compass.

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Committee Assignments


Jeff Fortenberry was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004 to serve Nebraska’s First Congressional District. His work in Congress is rooted in the belief that the strength of our nation depends on the strength of our families and communities. Jeff is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which appropriates United States government expenditures. He serves on three subcommittees with importance for Nebraska: Agriculture, Energy and Water, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

Jeff previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he placed particular focus on human rights concerns, Middle Eastern affairs, and nuclear weapons non-proliferation. He also represented Nebraska on the Agriculture Committee, where his work on two Farm Bills advanced opportunities for young and beginning farmers and promoted agricultural entrepreneurship.

Prior to serving in Congress, Jeff worked as a publishing industry executive in Lincoln, where he also served on the Lincoln City Council from 1997-2001. Jeff also has significant personal experience in small business, and early in his career he worked as a policy analyst for the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and two master’s degrees, one in public policy. He and his wife Celeste live in Lincoln and have five daughters.

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