Lee Terry

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Lee Terry
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U.S. House, Nebraska, District 2
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PredecessorJon Christensen (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$15.18 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$9,137,255
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Omaha City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska
J.D.Creighton University
BirthdayJanuary 29, 1962
Place of birthOmaha, Nebraska
Net worth$168,507.50
Office website
Campaign website
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Lee Raymond Terry (b. January 29, 1962, in Omaha, Nebraska) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Nebraska. He was elected by voters from Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District.

Terry ran successfully for re-election in 2012.[1] He defeated Jack Heidel, Brett Lindstrom, Paul Anderson, and Glenn Freeman in the May 15, 2012 Republican primary. He defeated Democrat John Ewing in the November general election.[2]

He is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014. He is also rumored to be contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Terry is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Terry was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He earned a B.A. from the University of Nebraska in 1984, and a J.D. from Creighton University in 1987.[3]


Before running for the House, Terry was a managing partner in a small Omaha law firm.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Terry serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Chair
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power


Terry served on the following committees:[6]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Vice Chair
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Terry's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security


Voted "Yes" Terry supported HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Terry supported HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Terry opposed House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Terry opposed HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Terry supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[11] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[12]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Terry voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Terry voted for HR 2775.[16]

Terry said he will continue to accept his paycheck while the government is on shutdown. Many members declined their paychecks or donated them to charity while the government was shutdown, but Terry said he could not afford to, and suggested members declining their salary were doing it for media purposes. He said, "Whatever gets them good press. That's all that it's going to be. God bless them. But you know what? I've got a nice house and a kid in college, and I'll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That's just not going to fly.”[17]

Terry came under fire from critics and his spokesman, Larry Farnsworth, released this statement in response: "Congressman Terry has been working tirelessly to keep the government open and ensure that Nebraska families don't suffer. The only people who have voted to shut down the government are House Democrats who value political grandstanding over supporting important nonpartisan issues like our veterans, our National Guard and medical research. It's time for Democrats to come to the table and work toward a commonsense solution.”[17]

Budget bill

Terry took some flak after voting for the $85 million dollar budget deal in December 2013. Dan Frei, who is challenging Terry in the 2014 Republican primary, said he never would have voted for the deal. He called the bill a "cynical parlor trick…loaded with taxes disguised as fees."[18]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Terry supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Terry has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Terry supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[22]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Terry voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]



See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014

Terry is reportedly considering a bid to succeed outgoing freshman U.S. Senator Mike Johanns in the 2014 elections.[24][25]

Terry is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[26]

According to an October 21, 2013 poll conducted by Chase Marketing, Terry will face a tough re-election in 2014. The poll suggests there is an anyone-but-Terry sentiment in the district. The poll targeted Republicans and independents. Respondents were asked if they would support another Republican challenging Terry. The second question asked if Democrat Pete Festersen could defeat Terry in the election. Over 50% of respondents answered affirmatively to both questions: 52% said they would support another Republican challenging Terry and 52% said they believed Festersen could win over Terry in the election.[27]


See also: Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Terry ran for re-election in 2012. He defeated Jack Heidel, Brett Lindstrom, Paul Anderson, and Glenn Freeman in the May 15, 2012 Republican primary.[28] He faced Democrat John Ewing in the November general election, and won the election.

U.S. House, Nebraska District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Ewing 49.2% 129,767
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLee Terry Incumbent 50.8% 133,964
Total Votes 263,731
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLee Terry Incumbent 59.5% 27,998
Brett Lindstrom 22.8% 10,753
Jack Heidel 11.5% 5,406
Glenn Freeman 4% 1,885
Paul Anderson 2.2% 1,051
Total Votes 47,093

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Terry is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Terry raised a total of $9,137,255 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[36]

Lee Terry's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 2) Won $2,036,016
2010 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 2) Won $1,924,726
2008 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 2) Won $1,746,226
2006 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 2) Won $116,825
2004 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 2) Won $1,335,016
2002 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 2) Won $1,090,500
2000 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 2) Won $887,946
Grand Total Raised $9,137,255


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Terry's reports.[37]

Lee Terry (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 14, 2013$20,987.65$207,733.42$(50,260.37)$178,460.70
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$178,460.70$247,099$(54,599.35)$370,960.35
October Quarterly[40]October 14, 2013$370,960.35$388,963.74$(201,416.32)$558,507.77
Year-End Quarterly[41]December 31, 2013$558,507$338,066$(81,289)$818,310
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Terry's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Terry won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Terry's campaign committee raised a total of $2,036,017 and spent $2,033,246 .[42]

Cost per vote

Terry spent $15.18 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Terry's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Terry was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a seventh term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,924,726 and spent $1,965,743.[43]
U.S. House, Nebraska District 2, 2010 - Lee Terry Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,924,726
Total Spent $1,965,743
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,037,103
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,008,346
Top contributors to Lee Terry's campaign committee
Berkshire Hathaway$22,100
American Chiropractic Assn$15,416
Union Pacific Corp$14,950
Hawkins Construction$14,150
Kiewit Corp$13,450
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$125,108
Health Professionals$111,867
Lawyers/Law Firms$98,452
Telephone Utilities$61,250


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[44]

Terry most often votes with:

Terry least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Terry is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 18, 2013.[45]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Terry missed 197 of 9,874 roll call votes from Jan 1999 to Apr 2013, which is 2.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[45]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Terry paid his congressional staff a total of $893,799 in 2011. Overall, Nebraska ranked 20th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[46]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Terry's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $27,015 and $310,000. That averages to $168,507.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Terry ranked as the 358th most wealthy representative in 2012.[47]

Lee Terry Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Terry was ranked the 192nd most conservative representative during 2012. This is the most liberal ranking earned by a representative of Nebraska in 2012.[48]


According to the data released in 2012, Lee Terry was ranked the 99th most conservative representative during 2011.[49]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Lee Terry has voted with the Republican Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 130th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[50]


Terry and his wife Robyn have three sons: Nolan, Ryan and Jack.[4]

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External links


  1. Nebraska Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates List," accessed March 3, 2012
  2. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "TERRY, Lee Raymond, (1962 - )"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lee Terry, U.S. Congressman, Trusted Leadership for Nebraska's Families, Serving Nebraska's 2nd District, "Know Your Congressman"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman Lee Terry, Proudly Serving Nebraska's 2nd District, "Lee's Committee"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Lee Terry's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 28, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "Terry on agriculture," accessed September 28, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Omaha.com, "Lee Terry says he 'cannot handle' giving up own paycheck during shutdown," accessed October 10, 2013
  18. Watchdog, "Will Rep. Terry’s budget vote bring more tea to the party?," accessed December 30, 2013
  19. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Lee Terry's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 28, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Lee Terry's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 28, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Lee Terry on abortion," accessed September 29, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  24. Politico, "Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire," accessed February 18, 2013
  25. Roll Call, "Heineman, Fortenberry Considering Senate Run in Nebraska," accessed February 18, 2013
  26. Roll Call, "House GOP Adds 9 Vulnerable Incumbents to Patriot Program," accessed July 21, 2013
  27. Watchdog, "Critic’s poll: GOP’s Terry in trouble with Republicans," accessed November 19, 2013
  28. Nebraska Secretary of State, "Primary Election May 15, 2012"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Lee Terry," accessed May 16, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Terry 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  38. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  39. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  40. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  41. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed June 18, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Lee Terry 2010 Election Data," accessed November 12, 2011
  44. OpenCongress, "Lee Terry," accessed August 6, 2013
  45. 45.0 45.1 GovTrack, "Lee Terry," accessed June 18, 2013
  46. LegiStorm, "Lee Terry," accessed October 8, 2012
  47. Open Secrets, "Lee Terry (R-NE), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  48. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," accessed February 26, 2013
  49. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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Preceded by
Jon Christensen
U.S. House of Representatives - Nebraska, District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Omaha City Council
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