Fortenberry, a Republican, is the representative for Nebraska's 1st congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 4, 2005. Fortenberry is next up for reelection in 2018.
Read our 2016 Report Card for Fortenberry.
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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.
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Jeff Fortenberry sits on the following committees:
House Committee on Appropriations
- Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Fortenberry was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 893 (114th): Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
- H.R. 5283 (111th): Help HAITI Act of 2010
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 about one third or more 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 sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Health (18%) Taxation (15%) Agriculture and Food (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%)
Some of Fortenberry’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4053: To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to require an independent audit of ...
- H.R. 3687: Farm to School Act of 2017
- H.R. 3251: National Discovery Trails Act
- H.R. 1280: Health Savings Account Act
- H.Con.Res. 32: Congratulating the State of Nebraska on the 150th anniversary of the admission of ...
- H.R. 1221: International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Authorization Act of 2017
- H.R. 552: Affordable Limited Health Coverage Act
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H.R. 3905: Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act
Nov 30, 2017. Passed 216/204.
H.R. 3905 would require Congressional approval for mineral withdrawal and monument designation in National Forest System lands in the Minnesota. The bill would also allow for the renewal of mineral leases in the area and would ensure that future leases remain valid and renewed, consistent ...
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Passed 342/85.
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.R. 2393: Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015
Jun 10, 2015. Passed 300/131.
The Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015 would repeal the requirement for meat products to be labeled with their country of origin. Currently meat products must include information on where the animal was bred, raised, and slaughtered. The Canadian government filed a complaint ...
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 2362 (112th): Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011
Jul 23, 2012. Failed 222/160.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
H.R. 1752 (111th): To provide that the usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives may ...
Jul 30, 2009. Failed 282/144.
From Jan 2005 to Dec 2017, Fortenberry missed 269 of 9,553 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 85 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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