Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

Representing the 1st District of Nebraska

Fort Reports

Sep 22, 2017 Fort Report

Nestled in the heavily wooded hillsides along the Missouri River bottoms in Nebraska City is the exceptional Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. I made a quick trip there Monday. A nice-sized crowd had gathered in a light rain for the release of a giant bald eagle. Surrounded by cameras and kids, I found myself two feet from the extraordinary creature.

Sep 15, 2017 Fort Report

In a shelter in Houston, Todd walked around and around his bed. A Bible lay open in the middle of it. He had made notes around certain passages. Todd was recovering from the great flood.

Sep 8, 2017 Fort Report

Meet Katie Kubacki, a young woman who ranches in the Sandhills.  She’s got a fascinating story.  She’s a first generation Nebraskan, majored in animal science, and made a choice to take up residence in the heart of our great state to get started.  I’ve included a few snippets from a recent interview with her below. I also invite you to view the full video exchange here: 

Sep 3, 2017 Fort Report

I read a news report recently that Kim Jung-un “cackled” as he watched North Korea’s latest missile launch over Japan.

Aug 19, 2017 Fort Report

When I was in 3rd grade, I had a friend named Phillip Brown. My birthday party was nearing, and it was common at the time to invite all the boys in the class to a party. And I did invite everyone, including Phillip, who was a particularly special friend. The party was at a roller skating rink.

Aug 11, 2017 Fort Report

As I began college, I attended a large assembly of new students. I remember the speaker at the time saying, “look to your right, and look to your left. Each of those persons will not be here in four years.” In other words, two of the three people who were starting would not finish. I assume at the time it was supposed to be a motivating factor, and, for me, it was.

Aug 4, 2017 Fort Report

A newly elected representative recently submitted a document for consideration by all Members of Congress. I read it, and it’s wise. And I think it’s smart. I signed it, along with 130 other Members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle. I invite you to read it. It’s called A Commitment to Civility.

Jul 28, 2017 Fort Report

Every August, I spend a week during the congressional work period holding discussions in multiple towns and cities across the First District of Nebraska. I am honored to serve in the House of Representatives, and I endeavor to give comprehensive updates from Washington, as well as answer questions and concerns. I learn a great deal from you.

Jul 23, 2017 Fort Report

Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old baby who lives in London, is one of only 16 people in recorded medicine to suffer from a rare genetic condition called MDS (Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome). MDS is a series of disorders that cause tissues to experience a major drop in mitochondrial DNA, which causes sufferers to generate insufficient energy to their kidneys, muscles, and brain.

Jul 15, 2017 Fort Report

Last week I was back in Nebraska for the Fourth of July congressional work period. On the way to work one morning I turned on the radio to one of the news talk shows in which I occasionally participate, expecting to hear a dialogue about the latest crisis du jour in Washington.