Jeff Fortenberry

Jeff Fortenberry


Fort Report: Thanksgiving


As you join your family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, I want to wish you a happy and blessed holiday! America remains a country of wonderful opportunity—a source of hope constantly renewed and replenished with our great ideals and values. The cynicism of the moment gives way to this special time to pause and reflect on the graces in our lives. Thanksgiving itself a gift.

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Fort Report: Paris


As we think about the history of America, one of our finest hours came on the shores of France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. We are familiar with the general details of the battle, the missed zone drops of the paratroopers the night before, the slaughter that met the first assault wave on Omaha Beach, and the heroics of our Rangers on Pointe du Hoc. Among the lesser known facts, the troops that hit Utah Beach under the command of General Theodore Roosevelt landed in the wrong place.

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Fortenberry, Eshoo Urge State Department to Consider All Ethno-Religious Minorities in Genocide Designation


Washington, D.C. – The bipartisan Co-Chairs of the Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus—Reps. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA)—are strongly urging the State Department to include all ethno-religious minority populations as it considers designating ISIS attacks on minority populations in Iraq and Syria as genocide.

In a letter dated November 19th to Secretary of State John Kerry, Fortenberry and Eshoo wrote:

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Fortenberry Comments on Resettlement of Syrian Refugees


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) today made the following statement regarding resettling Syrian refugees in the United States:

“My first responsibility is to keep America safe. A rapidly expanding Syrian refugee policy could create conditions for domestic tragedy. In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris, America needs a well ordered asylum process, not one that is rushed and could compromise our nation's safety. ISIL has now put Washington in its crosshairs. We must not allow Paris to be repeated on our shores.

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Fort Report: Medicare Open Enrollment


America is confronting deep philosophical divides over the proper size and role of government. The vast majority of people agree, however, that government has at least one basic function: the protection of its citizens. Protection can come in the form of supporting a strong military, setting the guardrails for the proper functioning of the free market, or helping those who are in the need of retirement security. As we debate how to best repurpose the functional parts of our government, it is important to continue to take care of the business before us.

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Fort Report: Veterans Day


Nothing in Johnny Bravo’s training had prepared him for what he saw that night. The American fighter pilot was on a mission high above the mountains and the clouds in Afghanistan. The moon was so bright, the blanket of clouds so thick, that he could not see the mountains below. He was struck by the serenity of the moonlight gleaming on the clouds.

All of a sudden sounds broke the quiet. His radio crackled, and he heard the word “contact.” Johnny Bravo knew what that meant. Special operations forces below him were in trouble.

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Fort Report: The Federal Budget


If you have ever attended the Nebraska Breakfast in Washington, you might remember “the charts.” While they are not the most riveting conversation piece, the charts are my attempt to display graphs and statistics that communicate the massive and complex federal budget in a digestible way. As surprising as it seems, a number of people tell me they look forward to the budget presentation. 

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Fortenberry Statement on Speaker Ryan


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) made the following statement after today’s vote to confirm Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House:

“Paul Ryan did not seek to be Speaker, the office sought him. He is a well-respected and highly capable leader. I think he will run the House with fairness and respect, while seeking a smarter and more effective government.

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Fortenberry Statement on Bipartisan Budget Agreement


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) made the following statement after today’s vote to pass the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015:

“America cannot sustain more disruption from Washington. This new budget agreement, while imperfect, nonetheless adequately funds our military, prevents Medicare problems, and stabilizes the budget. It holds the line on discretionary spending to 2011 levels.

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KLIN Radio: Fortenberry on Speaker Paul Ryan, Federal Budget


Congressman Fortenberry discusses newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan and the need to pass a federal budget with Kevin Thomas on DriveTime Lincoln.

Click on each part of the interview below to listen.

Part One

Part Two

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Fortenberry Speaks at Hearing on Russia’s Escalation in Syria

2015-11-04 19:29:55

Fortenberry Condemns Planned Parenthood Trafficking Scandal

2015-07-23 19:44:26

Fortenberry Supports Boys Town Commemorative Coin Act

2015-06-23 20:29:24

Fortenberry Speaks at Dedication of Utah Beach Higgins Memorial in Normandy, France

2015-06-18 17:06:45

Fortenberry speaks on his MOX Amendment

2015-06-03 21:04:26

Fortenberry speaks before the House on Pain-Capable Child Protection Act

2015-05-15 21:08:44

Fortenberry addresses the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs

2015-05-15 18:10:56

Fortenberry Discusses Chief Standing Bear Trail with Vanderfords on 10/11

2015-04-29 16:44:22

Fortenberry speaks in support of Chief Standing Bear Trail

2015-04-29 15:28:06

Fortenberry Questions VA Secretary on Omaha VA Hospital

2015-03-17 18:09:52

Fortenberry discusses Higgins Boat Memorial on WOWT

2015-03-16 15:59:20

Congressman Fortenberry Questions Secretary of State John Kerry on Religious Freedom

2015-02-27 23:48:35

Fortenberry discusses Higgins Boat Memorial on 10/11 with Jon and Taryn Vanderford

2015-02-24 23:58:20

Fortenberry Discusses Higgins Memorial on 10/11

2014-12-18 19:48:21

Fortenberry Supports Global Food Security Act

2014-12-18 19:24:17

Fortenberry Christmas Greeting for Our Troops 2014

2014-12-22 18:29:21

Fortenberry Urges House Passage of Legislation to Designate Chief Standing Bear Trail

2014-12-09 20:35:13

Fortenberry on Immigration

2014-11-20 19:41:37

Fortenberry speaks with the Vanderfords about Ebola on KOLN

2014-10-28 18:04:18

Fortenberry speaks before House on arming Syrian rebels

2014-09-17 18:33:58

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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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