Jeff Fortenberry

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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, 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]

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 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.[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

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.[16]

Jeff Fortenberry (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]]</ref>4/15/2013$770,946.77$71,461.20$(25,465.28)$816,942.69
July Quarterly[18]7/15/2013$816,942.69$111,508.84$(30,563.59)$897,887.94
Running totals
$182,970.04$(56,028.87)

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 .[19]

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.[20]
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

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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

Percentage voting with party

2013

Jeff Fortenberry voted with the Republican Party 96.6% of the time, which ranked 96th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[29]

Recent news

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Personal

Jeff and his wife Celeste live in Lincoln, where they raise five young daughters.[30]

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. Federal Election Commission "Fortenberry 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2014
  17. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  18. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  19. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed June 18, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Denny Rehberg 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 12, 2011
  21. [LINK OpenCongress, "Jeff Fortenberry," Accessed August 6, 2013]
  22. Gov Track "Jeff Fortenberry," Accessed June 18, 2013
  23. GovTrack, "Jeff Fortenberry" Accessed March 26, 2013
  24. LegiStorm, "Jeff Fortenberry," Accessed October 8, 2012
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Jeffrey Lane Fortenberry (R-Neb), 2010," Accessed February 16, 2013
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Jeffrey Lane Fortenberry (R-Neb), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  27. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  30. Jeff Fortenberry, United States Congress "About Jeff"
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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