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{{support vote}} Fortenberry 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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/41929/jeff-fortenberry?categoryId=2&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E#.UkXgOBCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Fortenberry on abortion," accessed September 27, 2013]</ref>
 
{{support vote}} Fortenberry 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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/41929/jeff-fortenberry?categoryId=2&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E#.UkXgOBCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Fortenberry on abortion," accessed September 27, 2013]</ref>
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Fortenberry voted for 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==

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Jeffrey Fortenberry
Jeff Fortenberry.jpg
U.S. House, Nebraska, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDoug Bereuter (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.19 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,350,582
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lincoln City Council
1997-2001
Education
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
Master'sGeorgetown University, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Personal
BirthdayDecember 27, 1960
Place of birthBaton Rouge, Louisiana
ProfessionRancher, Publishing executive
Net worth$282,003
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Fortenberry (b. December 27, 1960, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Nebraska. He was elected by voters from Nebraska's 1st congressional district.

Fortenberry ran successfully for re-election in 2012.[1] He defeated his primary opponents Jessica L. Turek and Dennis Parker in the May 15, 2012 Republican primary. He faced Democrat Korey L. Reiman in the November general election. [2][3]

He is said to be contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Fortenberry is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Fortenberry was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He earned a B.A. in economics from Louisiana State University in 1982, a Masters of Public Policy in 1986 from Georgetown University, in addition to a Master's of Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1996.[4]

Career

In the private sector, Fortenberry was an executive in the publishing industry.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Fortenberry serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs

2011-2012

Fortenberry served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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 Fortenberry's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Fortenberry 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]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Fortenberry 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" Fortenberry supported 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]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Fortenberry supported HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Fortenberry 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]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Fortenberry 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.[13] The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Healthcare

Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Fortenberry supported repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[15]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Fortenberry 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.[16]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Fortenberry voted for 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[17]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014

Fortenberry is reportedly considering a bid to succeed outgoing freshman U.S. Senator Mike Johanns in the 2014 elections.[18]

2012

See also: Nebraska's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Fortenberry sought re-election in 2012. He defeated his primary opponents Jessica L. Turek and Dennis Parker in the May 15, 2012 Republican primary.[19] He faced Korey L. Reiman in the November general election. [20]

U.S. House, Nebraska, District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Korey L. Reiman 31.7% 81,206
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Fortenberry Incumbent 68.3% 174,889
Total Votes 256,095
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Nebraska's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Fortenberry Incumbent 86.4% 55,658
Jessica L. Turek 8.2% 5,255
Dennis Parker 5.4% 3,511
Total Votes 64,424

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fortenberry is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Fortenberry raised a total of $4,350,582 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[25]

Jeff Fortenberry's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 1) Won $698,413
2010 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 1) Won $568,390
2008 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 1) Won $725,529
2006 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 1) Won $1,144,271
2004 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 1) Won $1,213,979
Grand Total Raised $4,350,582

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Fortenberry's reports.[26]

Jeff Fortenberry (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]4/15/2013$770,946.77$71,461.20$(25,465.28)$816,942.69
July Quarterly[28]7/15/2013$816,942.69$111,508.84$(30,563.59)$897,887.94
October Quarterly[29]10/15/2013$897,887.94$105,444.24$(18,798.42)$984,533.76
Running totals
$288,414.28$(74,827.29)

2012

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

Fortenberry won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Fortenberry's campaign committee raised a total of $698,414 and spent $381,322 .[30]

Cost per vote

Fortenberry spent $2.19 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Fortenberry's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Fortenberry was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a fourth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $568,390 and spent $513,943.[31]
U.S. House, Nebraska District 1, 2010 - Jeff Fortenberry Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $568,390
Total Spent $513,943
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $21,624
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $20,490
Top contributors to Jeff Fortenberry's campaign committee
American Bankers Assn$10,000
Tuesday Group PAC$10,000
Village Development$9,700
Sandhills Publishing$9,650
BryanLGH Health System$9,600
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$52,026
Insurance$27,400
Lawyers/Law Firms$26,112
Retired$24,450
Real Estate$21,950

Analysis

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.[32]

Fortenberry most often votes with:

Fortenberry 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, Fortenberry is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 18, 2013.[33]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Fortenberry missed 204 of 6,443 roll call votes from Jan 2005 to Apr 2013, which is 3.2% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[34]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Fortenberry paid his congressional staff a total of $975,289 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.[35]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Fortenberry's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $154,006 and $410,000. This averages to $282,003, which is a 9.51% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[36]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Fortenberry's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-394,992 to $909,998. This averages to $257,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[37]

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.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Fortenberry was ranked the 207th most conservative representative during 2012.[38]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Jeff Fortenberry was ranked the 202nd most liberal representative during 2011. This is the most liberal ranking held by one of Nebraska's representatives.[39]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Jeff Fortenberry has voted with the Republican Party 96.6% of the time, which ranked 96th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[40]

Personal

Jeff and his wife Celeste live in Lincoln, where they raise five young daughters.[41]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Nebraska Secretary of State "2012 Primary Candidates List," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. Nebraska Secretary of State "Election Results" May 15, 2012
  3. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "FORTENBERRY, Jeff, (1960 - )"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Proudly Serving the 1st Congressional District of Nebraska "Committee Information"
  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 Jeff Fortenberry's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 27, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Vote Smart, "Fortenberry on agriculture", accessed September 27, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Jeff Fortenberry's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 27, 2013
  15. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named vote
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Fortenberry on abortion," accessed September 27, 2013
  17. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  18. Roll Call, "Heineman, Fortenberry Considering Senate Run in Nebraska, "February 18, 2013
  19. http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/canvass-report-2012-primary.pdf
  20. Nebraska Secretary of State "Election Results" May 15, 2012
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Jeff Forenberry" Accessed May 16, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Fortenberry 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2014
  27. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  28. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  29. FEC "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  30. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed June 18, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Denny Rehberg 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 12, 2011
  32. [LINK OpenCongress, "Jeff Fortenberry," Accessed August 6, 2013]
  33. Gov Track "Jeff Fortenberry," Accessed June 18, 2013
  34. GovTrack, "Jeff Fortenberry" Accessed March 26, 2013
  35. LegiStorm, "Jeff Fortenberry," Accessed October 8, 2012
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Jeffrey Lane Fortenberry (R-Neb), 2010," Accessed February 16, 2013
  37. OpenSecrets.org, "Jeffrey Lane Fortenberry (R-Neb), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  38. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  39. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  41. Jeff Fortenberry, United States Congress "About Jeff"
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Doug Bereuter
U.S. House of Representatives - Nebraska, District 1
2005-Present
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Lincoln City Council
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