Jeff Fortenberry

Jeff Fortenberry


Fort Report: Freedom


This week marks the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of our free and sovereign nation. We all know well the Declaration's chief passage:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Fort Report: From Heartache to Love


A few weeks ago, I was asked to participate in a ceremony honoring the life of an Army Ranger who gave his life for his country. In the American Legion hall in the small town of Osceola, the community gathered to dedicate a street for one of their native sons, Captain Rob Yllescas, who died from injuries sustained in Afghanistan. The little hall looks about the same as it’s always been. A framed display showcased military uniforms from WWII, ceiling tiles were decorated with flags and the names of club members, and on the wood paneled walls hung a rifle and Legion memorabilia.

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Fortenberry Statement on Marriage Ruling


Lincoln, NE – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) released the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges case:

“Like most Americans, I have no interest in seeing any person live in loneliness or fear. The issue of marriage, however, invokes the deepest questions of human intimacy, societal organization, and the rights of children. We must also remember that America is a pluralistic society where differing views should be respected.” 

Fortenberry is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

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Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska soldier's family meets President Bush


Former President George W. Bush took time this week to meet in Washington with the family of a Nebraska soldier he had decorated with a Purple Heart weeks before the soldier died of wounds suffered in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan.

The meeting was arranged by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who long had been aware of the desire of Capt. Robert Yllescas' two young daughters to meet Bush.

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Fortenberry Statement on King v. Burwell Decision


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) released the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its ruling in the King v. Burwell case:

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Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska girls meet George W. Bush years after he honored their dying father


Two Nebraska girls had the chance Wednesday to meet with former President George W. Bush, nearly seven years after he pinned a Purple Heart to the hospital bedding of their dying father.

Capt. Rob Yllescas had been taken to Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland in 2008 after being grievously wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan. Bush visited the hospital that November to personally award medals to soldiers being treated there. 
Yllescas died a few weeks later.

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Fortenberry Legislation to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Boys Town Passes House of Representatives


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives today passed his legislation to observe the centennial of the founding of Boys Town by directing the U.S. Treasury to issue a commemorative coin (H.R. 893).

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

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Fort Report: It Bears Repeating


Normally the Fort Report tries to cover a diverse array of topics. This week, however, I want to return to a recent unique event that bears repeating. I had the honor of standing on Utah Beach in Normandy, France, on the 71st anniversary of D-Day to dedicate a new World War II memorial—an incredible gift from the people of Nebraska to the people of France.

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Fortenberry Calls on White House to Direct Assistance to Persecuted Christians


Washington, D.C. – Reps. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), and Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) issued the following statement after meeting with the White House National Security team to urge assistance to persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. The lawmakers suggested a three-pillar approach that includes humanitarian aid, special refugee status in the U.S.

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Fort Report: Made in America


Television these days features all sorts of reality shows. Some of the most interesting show people repurposing furniture, restoring cars, or renovating family homes—all seemingly ordinary activities that we find very attractive. Perhaps it’s the drama of a struggle overcoming a problem and working hard while having fun that draws our attention. We are fascinated by the passion and personality of people making good things, and making good things better. 

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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

Fortenberry Testifies Before Congress on Chief Standing Bear Trail

2014-08-06 15:00:02

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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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