Before Secretary of State John Kerry designated ISIS' ongoing brutality against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in the Middle East as genocide, a resolution calling for that action passed the House 393-0. The rare bipartisan support for this move reflects the universal desire in Congress to see the Obama administration act to end ISIS' atrocities. This historic effort was spearheaded by Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). Join us as the Congressman, co-chair of the Caucus on Religious Minorities in the Middle East, comes to speak on the genocide resolution and related matters of international religious liberty.
Since 2005, Jeff Fortenberry has represented Nebraska's First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves on three subcommittees with importance for our national and economic security: Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and State and Foreign Operations. Additionally, Jeff serves as co-chair of the Nuclear Security Working Group, and co-chair of the Congressional Study Group on Europe.
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 has significant personal experience in small business, public policy analysis, and economic development. 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. His work in Congress is rooted in the belief that the strength of our nation depends on the strength of our families and communities.