Jeff Fortenberry

Jeff Fortenberry


Fort Report: Memorial Day


On Memorial Day, we honor those who gave everything in service to our country. The formal remembrance of our nation’s war dead mixes feelings of both sorrow and pride. That a person would lay down his life for his friends—for another—is the noblest of human ideals; that we would unite in gratitude to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have gone before us is one of the greatest human expressions; that we would gather to say thank you to those who have served is a reflection of our common bonds, our narrative as a people, and our notion of our nation. 

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The Hill: Lawmakers push to let veterans use GI benefits for business, not college


Members of Congress plan to put forward legislation that would allow veterans to use their benefits under the GI Bill to start businesses instead of attending college.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, is drafting legislation that would direct the Veterans Affairs secretary to establish a program that would allow qualified veterans to start or buy a business.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will introduce companion legislation in the Senate.

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Fortenberry Honored With Wildlife Award


Fort Report: Chief Standing Bear


This morning I was pleased to help celebrate the story and legacy of one of America's earliest civil rights heroes, Chief Standing Bear. His remarkable life's journey is memorialized at the Chief Standing Bear Breakfast, sponsored by the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, the Ponca Tribe, and others.

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Fortenberry Honored With Zoo Award


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) has been awarded the “Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums” award by the national Association of Zoos and Aquariums for his long-time support of zoos and aquariums, particularly the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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Lincoln Journal Star Editorial: A fitting memorial for Standing Bear


Republicans boast that Congress can get things done in Washington now that they have taken control of both the House and the Senate.

One way they could make good on the claim is to approve a study that could lead to designation of the Chief Standing Bear Trail.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry won approval in the House in the last session of Congress, but the Senate failed to act. Fortenberry’s new bill has already cleared the Natural Resources Committee. Sen. Deb Fischer has introduced a similar bill in the Senate.

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Bellevue Leader: Four local students net gold Congressional Award medal


Four Sarpy County students received a gold Congressional Award medal Friday, while 13 others were awarded silver or bronze medals or certificates.

The honors were conferred by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., who told the recipients their achievements were more important to the future of the nation than any passing political controversy.

“The most important thing happening in America is right here, right now,” he said.

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Fort Report: Trade


Warren Buffett recently commented that Central America grows bananas better than we do in Nebraska. He has a point. Our state has many unique agricultural advantages; bananas are not one of them. People in different areas of the world cultivate different talents, possess different resources, and create unique items that can benefit others. Connecting persons in a system of fair economic exchange can expand the wellbeing of many peoples. 

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Fort Report: Baltimore


This past Wednesday Camden Yards in Baltimore was nearly silent. As the baseball game between the Orioles and the White Sox played out amid empty stands, eerie sounds and images replaced the usual cheers. For the first time in the history of Major League Baseball, two teams competed in an official game without the backdrop of any fans.

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Fortenberry Comments on Japanese Prime Minister’s Address to Congress


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) today made the following statement after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke before a Joint Session of Congress:

“It’s important for veterans to know about something important that happened today in Washington. The Prime Minister of Japan spoke before a Joint Session of Congress. His speech was humble and sincere. It elevated universal values and ideals. But most importantly, it offered condolences for the horror of World War II.

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Jeff Fortenberry was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004 to serve Nebraska’s First Congressional District. His work in Congress is rooted in the belief that the strength of our nation depends on the strength of our families and communities. Jeff is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which appropriates United States government expenditures. He serves on three subcommittees with importance for Nebraska: Agriculture, Energy and Water, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

Jeff previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he placed particular focus on human rights concerns, Middle Eastern affairs, and nuclear weapons non-proliferation. He also represented Nebraska on the Agriculture Committee, where his work on two Farm Bills advanced opportunities for young and beginning farmers and promoted agricultural entrepreneurship.

Prior to serving in Congress, Jeff worked as a publishing industry executive in Lincoln, where he also served on the Lincoln City Council from 1997-2001. Jeff also has significant personal experience in small business, and early in his career he worked as a policy analyst for the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and two master’s degrees, one in public policy. He and his wife Celeste live in Lincoln and have five daughters.

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