Jeff Fortenberry

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Jeffrey Fortenberry
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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
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
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 an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Fortenberry is a "moderate Republican leader".[4]

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.[5]

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:[6]

  • 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:[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10] He faced Korey L. Reiman in the November general election. [11]

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

2010

On November 2, 2010, Fortenberry was re-elected to the United States House for a fourth term. He defeated Ivy Harper (D).[12]

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

2012

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 .[13]

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.[14]
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

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.[15]

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.ref>OpenSecrets.org, "Jeffrey Lane Fortenberry (R-Neb), 2010," Accessed February 16, 2013</ref>


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.[16]

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.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Fortenberry was ranked the 207th most conservative representative during 2012.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

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Personal

Jeff and his wife Celeste live in Lincoln, where they raise five young daughters.[20]

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Doug Bereuter
U.S. House of Representatives - Nebraska, District 1
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Lincoln City Council
1997-2001
Succeeded by
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