Fortenberry was the representative for Nebraska’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2005 to 2022.
Rep. Fortenberry was convicted on three counts, one of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two of making false statements to federal investigators, in 2022, related to illegal campaign contributions from a foreign national to his 2016 re-election campaign. On March 31, 2022, he resigned from Congress. On April 1st, the House Committee on Ethics closed its investigation.
|Oct. 19, 2021||Fortenberry released a video in which he said he expected to be indicted on lying to the FBI.|
|Oct. 19, 2021||Department of Justice indicted Fortenberry on one count of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two of making false statements to federal investigators|
|Dec. 3, 2021||House Committee on Ethics established an Investigative Subcommittee, but deferred action pending the results of the Department of Justice investigation|
|Mar. 24, 2022||Fortenberry was convicted on three counts, one of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two of making false statements to federal investigators, in 2022, related to campaign contributions from a foreign national to his 2016 re-election campaign.|
|Mar. 26, 2022||Fortenberry announced he would resign effective March 31, 2022.|
|Apr. 1, 2022||House Committee on Ethics closed the investigation|
Fortenberry is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Fortenberry has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 2, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Fortenberry was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4819 (115th): DELTA Act
- H.R. 893 (114th): Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
- H.R. 5283 (111th): Help HAITI Act of 2010
- H.R. 761 (110th): To authorize the Secretary of Interior to convey to The Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive Trail and Visitor Center Foundation, Inc. certain Federal land associated …
Does 4 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Fortenberry sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Recently Introduced Bills
Fortenberry recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 5996: Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Reauthorization and Improvements Act of 2021
- H.R. 5447: America’s National Museum of the Cold World War Act of 2021
- H.Res. 621: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Secretary of State …
- H.R. 5163: Care for Her Act
- H.R. 4813: Matt’s Act
- H.Res. 305: Congratulating the people of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on the centennial of …
- H.R. 2402: Winnebago Land Transfer Act of 2021
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2005 to Mar 2022, Fortenberry missed 337 of 11,595 roll call votes, which is 2.9%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 2022. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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