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|Tenure = January 3, 2005-Present
 
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|Last election = November 6, 2012
 
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|First elected = November 2, 2004
 
|First elected = November 2, 2004
 
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|Next election = [[United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Prior office = Lincoln City Council
 
|Prior office = Lincoln City Council
 
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|Place of birth = Baton Rouge, Louisiana
 
|Place of birth = Baton Rouge, Louisiana
 
|Profession = Rancher, Publishing executive
 
|Profession = Rancher, Publishing executive
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|Net worth = $282,003
 
|Religion = Roman Catholic
 
|Religion = Roman Catholic
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Fortenberry''' (b. December 27, 1960) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives]] from [[Nebraska]]. He was elected by voters from [[Nebraska's 1st congressional district]].
 
}}{{tnr}}'''Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Fortenberry''' (b. December 27, 1960) 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 is seeking re-election in 2012.<ref name="nelist">[http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/Candidate%20List.pdf ''Nebraska Secretary of State'' "2012 Primary Candidates List," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref> He defeated his primary opponents [[Jessica L. Turek]] and [[Dennis Parker]] in the May 15, 2012 [[Republican]] primary. He will face Democrat [[Korey L. Reiman]] in the November general election. <ref>[http://electionresults.sos.ne.gov/resultsSW.aspx?text=Race&type=CG&map=DIST ''Nebraska Secretary of State'' "Election Results" May 15, 2012]</ref>
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Fortenberry ran successfully for re-election in 2012.<ref name="nelist">[http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/Candidate%20List.pdf ''Nebraska Secretary of State'' "2012 Primary Candidates List," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref> 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. <ref>[http://electionresults.sos.ne.gov/resultsSW.aspx?text=Race&type=CG&map=DIST ''Nebraska Secretary of State'' "Election Results" May 15, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Fortenberry is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Republican leader]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/jeffrey_fortenberry/400640 ''Gov Track'' "Fortenberry" Accessed May 18, 2012]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==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.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=f000449 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "FORTENBERRY, Jeff, (1960 - )"]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=f000449 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "FORTENBERRY, Jeff, (1960 - )"]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
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====2013-2014====
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Fortenberry serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations|Committee on Appropriations]]
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**Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development
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**Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
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**Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Fortenberry serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://fortenberry.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3180&Itemid=300046 ''Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Proudly Serving the 1st Congressional District of Nebraska'' "Committee Information"]</ref>
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Fortenberry served on the following committees:<ref>[http://fortenberry.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3180&Itemid=300046 ''Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Proudly Serving the 1st Congressional District of Nebraska'' "Committee Information"]</ref>
 
*[[United States House Committee on Agriculture|House Agriculture Committee]]
 
*[[United States House Committee on Agriculture|House Agriculture Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit ''Chair''
 
**Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit ''Chair''
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Political positions===
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===Specific votes===
===Sponsored legislation===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Support vote}}
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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 one 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>
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014]]''
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Fortenberry is reportedly considering a bid to succeed outgoing freshman U.S. Senator [[Mike Johanns]] in the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2014|2014 elections]].<ref name=rollcall>[http://atr.rollcall.com/heineman-considering-senate-run/ ''Roll Call,'' "Heineman, Fortenberry Considering Senate Run in Nebraska, "February 18, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[Nebraska's 1st congressional district elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Nebraska's 1st congressional district elections, 2012]]''
  
Fortenberry is seeking re-election in 2012. He defeated his primary opponents [[Jessica L. Turek]] and [[Dennis Parker]] in the May 15, 2012 [[Republican]] primary.<ref>http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/canvass-report-2012-primary.pdf</ref> He will face [[Korey L. Reiman]] in the November general election. <ref>[http://electionresults.sos.ne.gov/resultsSW.aspx?text=Race&type=CG&map=DIST ''Nebraska Secretary of State'' "Election Results" May 15, 2012]</ref>
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Fortenberry sought re-election in 2012. He defeated his primary opponents [[Jessica L. Turek]] and [[Dennis Parker]] in the May 15, 2012 [[Republican]] primary.<ref>http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/canvass-report-2012-primary.pdf</ref> He faced [[Korey L. Reiman]] in the November general election. <ref>[http://electionresults.sos.ne.gov/resultsSW.aspx?text=Race&type=CG&map=DIST ''Nebraska Secretary of State'' "Election Results" May 15, 2012]</ref>
====Republican Primary Results====
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{{Primary election box 2012
 
{{Primary election box 2012
 
|Chamber=  Nebraska's 1st Congressional District
 
|Chamber=  Nebraska's 1st Congressional District
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===2010===
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===Full history===
On November 2, 2010, Fortenberry was re-elected to the [[United States House]] for a fourth term. He defeated Ivy Harper ([[Democratic|D]]).<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>  
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{{Election box 2010
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<big>'''2008'''</big>
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|party2= Democratic
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|winner1 = Jeff Fortenberry
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|candidate2 = Ivy Harper
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|votes2 = 47106
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<big>'''2006'''</big>
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<big>'''2004'''</big>
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
===2012===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2012|2012 elections season]]. Below are Fortenberry's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H4NE01064 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Jeff Fortenberry's Summary Report," Accessed July 2, 2012]</ref>
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name=Fortenberry
|Name = Jeff Fortenberry (2012)
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|year=2004
|Political Party = Republican
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|Editdate=May 16, 2013
|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/817/12030772817/12030772817.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Jeff Fortenberry April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00026631&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Jeff Forenberry" Accessed May 16, 2013]</ref>
|Date 1 = March 31, 2012
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|party=Republican
|Beginning Balance 1 = 618581.33
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|totalraised2012=698413
|Total Contributions 1 = 94331.87
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|result2012=Won
|Expenditures 1= 33702.49
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|office2012=U.S. House (Nebraska, [[Nebraska's 1st congressional district|District 1]])
|Cash on Hand 1 = 679210.71
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|totalraised2010=568390
|Report 2 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/217/12971440217/12971440217.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'' "Jeff Fortenberry July Quarterly," Accessed October 11, 2012]</ref>
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|result2010=Won
|Date 2 =July 15, 2012
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|office2010=U.S. House (Nebraska, [[Nebraska's 1st congressional district|District 1]])
|Beginning Balance 2 =695104.16
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|totalraised2008=725529
|Total Contributions 2 =90934.93
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|result2008=Won
|Expenditures 2=50064.41
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|office2008=U.S. House (Nebraska, [[Nebraska's 1st congressional district|District 1]])
|Cash on Hand 2 =735974.69
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|totalraised2006=1144271
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|result2006=Won
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|office2006=U.S. House (Nebraska, [[Nebraska's 1st congressional district|District 1]])
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|totalraised2004=1213979
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|result2004=Won
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|office2004=U.S. House (Nebraska, [[Nebraska's 1st congressional district|District 1]])
 
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===2012===
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[[File:Fortenberry 2012 Donors.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Fortenberry's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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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  .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00026631&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed June 18, 2013]</ref>
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|winner = Y
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives
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|party = Republican
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|total raised =  $698,414
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|total spent = $381,322
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|opponent raised =
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|opponent spent =
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|org1 = Gastroenterology Specialties
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|org2 = AG Processing
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|org3 = American Bankers Assn
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|org4 = Tuesday Group PAC
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|org5 = Sandhills Publishing
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|orgdonor1 = $10,750
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|orgdonor2 = $10,000
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|orgdonor3 = $10,000
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|orgdonor4 = $10,000
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|orgdonor5 = $9,800
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|ind1 = Health Professionals
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|ind2 = Commercial Banks
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|ind3 = Insurance
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|ind4 = Crop Production & Basic Processing
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|ind5 = Republican/Conservative
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|inddonor1 = $56,667
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|inddonor2 = $37,451
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|inddonor3 = $33,650
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|inddonor4 = $32,600
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|inddonor5 = $28,850
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|}}
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Fortenberry is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]," as of June 18, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/jeff_fortenberry/400640 ''Gov Track'' "Jeff Fortenberry," Accessed June 18, 2013]</ref>
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/jeff_fortenberry/400640 ''GovTrack,'' "Jeff Fortenberry" Accessed March 26, 2013]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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]] ranks 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Jeffrey_Fortenberry.html ''LegiStorm'', "Jeff Fortenberry," Accessed October 8, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Jeffrey_Fortenberry.html ''LegiStorm'', "Jeff Fortenberry," Accessed October 8, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Fortenberry's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-394,992 to $909,998 which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026631&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Jeffrey Lane Fortenberry (R-Neb), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026631&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Jeffrey Lane Fortenberry (R-Neb), 2010," Accessed February 16, 2013]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026631&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Jeffrey Lane Fortenberry (R-Neb), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
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:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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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.
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According to the data released in 2013, Fortenberry was ranked the 207th most conservative representative during 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal,'' "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Percentage voting with party===
 
===Percentage voting with party===
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*[http://www.supportfort.com Jeff Fortenberry for U.S. Congress] ''official campaign site''
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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
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) 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]

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

Specific votes

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 one 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] He faced Korey L. Reiman in the November general election. [10]

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 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.[15]

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

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 .[16]

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.[17]
U.S. House, Nebraska, 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

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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[21]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

Percentage 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.[25]

Recent news

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Personal

Jeff and his wife Celeste live in Lincoln, where they raise five young daughters.[26]

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. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Roll Call, "Heineman, Fortenberry Considering Senate Run in Nebraska, "February 18, 2013
  9. http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/canvass-report-2012-primary.pdf
  10. Nebraska Secretary of State "Election Results" May 15, 2012
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Jeff Forenberry" Accessed May 16, 2013
  16. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed June 18, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Denny Rehberg 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 12, 2011
  18. Gov Track "Jeff Fortenberry," Accessed June 18, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Jeff Fortenberry" Accessed March 26, 2013
  20. LegiStorm, "Jeff Fortenberry," Accessed October 8, 2012
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Jeffrey Lane Fortenberry (R-Neb), 2010," Accessed February 16, 2013
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Jeffrey Lane Fortenberry (R-Neb), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  23. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  26. Jeff Fortenberry, United States Congress "About Jeff"
Political offices
Preceded by
Doug Bereuter
U.S. House of Representatives - Nebraska, District 1
2005-Present
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Preceded by
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Lincoln City Council
1997-2001
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