Jeff Fortenberry

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Jeffrey Fortenberry
Jeff Fortenberry.jpg
U.S. House, Nebraska, District 1
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 10
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lincoln City Council
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
Master'sGeorgetown University, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Date of birthDecember 27, 1960
Place of birthBaton Rouge, Louisiana
ProfessionRancher, Publishing executive
ReligionRoman Catholic
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 an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Fortenberry is a "moderate Republican leader".[4]


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.[5]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Fortenberry serves on the following committees:[6]

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


Fortenberry served on the following committees:[7]


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.[8]



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"

Republican Primary Results

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


On November 2, 2010, Fortenberry was re-elected to the United States House for a fourth term. He defeated Ivy Harper (D).[11]

United States House, Nebraska General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Fortenberry Incumbent 71.3% 116,871
     Democratic Ivy Harper 28.7% 47,106
Total Votes 163,977

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Fortenberry's reports.[12]

Jeff Fortenberry (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$618,581.33$94,331.87$(33,702.49)$679,210.71
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$695,104.16$90,934.93$(50,064.41)$735,974.69
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2012$735,974.69$117,920.09$(36,768.34)$817,126.43
Running totals


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.[16]


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 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.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[18]

Political Analysis

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 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.[19]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Jeff Fortenberry voted with the Republican Party 86.6% of the time, which ranked 219th among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[20]

Recent news

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Jeff and his wife Celeste live in Lincoln, where they raise five young daughters.[21]

External links


  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. Gov Track "Fortenberry" Accessed May 18, 2012
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "FORTENBERRY, Jeff, (1960 - )"
  6., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Proudly Serving the 1st Congressional District of Nebraska "Committee Information"
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  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"
  12. Federal Election Commission "Jeff Fortenberry's Summary Report," Accessed July 2, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission "Jeff Fortenberry April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Jeff Fortenberry July Quarterly," Accessed October 11, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "Jeff Fortenberry October Quarterly," Accessed October 31, 2012
  16. Open Secrets "Denny Rehberg 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 12, 2011
  17. LegiStorm, "Jeff Fortenberry," Accessed October 8, 2012
  18., "Jeffrey Lane Fortenberry (R-Neb), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  19. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  20. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  21. Jeff Fortenberry, United States Congress "About Jeff"
Political offices
Preceded by
Doug Bereuter
U.S. House of Representatives - Nebraska, District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lincoln City Council
Succeeded by