Jeff Fortenberry

Jeff Fortenberry


Fort Report: Town Halls and Self-Government


We are a people who self-govern. Each of us has the important responsibility to be informed about our nation’s political life, to think about policies that best create order and opportunity, and to engage constructively in building more vibrant communities. As Nebraskans, we understand the importance of civic life and civic duty.

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KLIN Radio: Fortenberry on Iran, Planned Parenthood


Congressman Fortenberry discusses Iran, Planned Parenthood, and other topics in a radio town hall with Kevin Thomas on KLIN DriveTime.

Click here to listen to the radio town hall.

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Fortenberry Introduces VET Act to Support Veteran Entrepreneurship


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) today announced introduction of the Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition (VET) Act which would allow veterans to receive grants to start or buy a new business. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and S. 1870 passed the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship this morning.

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Fort Report: Globalization


A Nebraska small businessman recently told me about some trouble he is having. He manufactures a simple plastic product that could be made anywhere. While most of this type of production has shifted to China, through hard work, determination, and marketing, he and the ten people who work with him have created a viable entity. There’s a problem though. One major retailer wants to buy the product from China. Not because of price, not because of quality—simply because the corporate culture has disturbingly acclimated to foreign outsourcing. 

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Lincoln Journal Star: Fortenberry weighs Iran agreement vote


Jeff Fortenberry's weekend report to his constituents assessing the proposed Iran nuclear deal is measured and thoughtful.

That's not unusual for Nebraska's 1st District congressman, a contemplative guy who recently told C-SPAN's Book TV he currently is reading Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy."

Fortenberry says we all need to weigh "the risk of an agreement and the risk of no agreement" before reaching a judgment. 

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Fort Report: The Iran Agreement


An Iranian diplomat once told me, “We have more reasons to be friends than enemies.” In a necessary diplomatic dance, I responded, “It is sad that we have taken divergent paths.”

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Lincoln Journal Star Editorial: Looking at Iran nuclear deal


The only real question that needs to be answered on the Iran deal is whether the world is a safer place with it, or without it.

Because the world is violent, and things often are not what they seem, the question is extraordinarily difficult to answer.

It’s unfortunate that too many members of Congress had their minds made up before the details of the agreement were announced, and before the deal could be evaluated.

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Fortenberry Condemns Planned Parenthood Trafficking Scandal


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) today issued the following statement condemning Planned Parenthood for trafficking in the remains of aborted babies:  

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Omaha World-Herald Editorial: Risks must be weighed on Iran deal


Rep. Jeff Fortenberry summed it up well in regard to the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran. “There are two risks involved,” he said. “The risk of an agreement, and the risk of no agreement.”

There are no tidy solutions to the Iranian nuclear problem, whichever course we pursue. In this debate, each side has a particular burden.

Supporters need to demonstrate that the deal has sufficient teeth to force Iran to comply, year after year, with a range of obligations.

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Fortenberry Statement on Iran


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) today made the following statement on the new nuclear agreement with Iran: 

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Fortenberry Condemns Planned Parenthood Trafficking Scandal

2015-07-23 19:32:22

Fortenberry Supports Boys Town Commemorative Coin Act

2015-06-23 20:14:36

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

2015-06-16 19:42:01

Fortenberry speaks on his MOX Amendment

2015-06-03 20:53:21

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

2015-05-15 21:06:58

Fortenberry addresses the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs

2015-05-14 14:31:13

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

2015-04-29 16:42:36

Fortenberry speaks in support of Chief Standing Bear Trail

2015-04-28 21:34:55

Fortenberry Questions VA Secretary on Omaha VA Hospital

2015-03-17 17:38:13

Fortenberry discusses Higgins Boat Memorial on WOWT

2015-03-16 15:55:49

Congressman Fortenberry Questions Secretary of State John Kerry on Religious Freedom

2015-02-27 16:23:34

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

2015-02-24 23:56:27

Fortenberry Discusses Higgins Memorial on 10/11

2014-12-18 19:38:44

Fortenberry Supports Global Food Security Act

2014-12-16 19:13:43

Fortenberry Christmas Greeting for Our Troops 2014

2014-12-09 21:01:15

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

2014-12-09 18:35:38

Fortenberry on Immigration

2014-11-20 19:09:30

Fortenberry speaks with the Vanderfords about Ebola on KOLN

2014-10-28 18:01:00

Fortenberry speaks before House on arming Syrian rebels

2014-09-17 14:57:55

Fortenberry discusses Gaza on EWTN's The World Over

2014-08-06 17:07:13

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4806
Fax 202-225-5686

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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