Congress, District 1

Jeff Fortenberry vs. Korey Reiman

Democrat Korey Reiman is running against republican incumbent Jeff Fortenberry for U.S. Congress to represent Nebraska’s 1st District.

Jeff Fortenberry, Republican (Incumbent)

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Family and religious background

  • Fortenberry is a Roman Catholic. He and his wife, Celeste, have five daughters.


  • Fortenberry has a degree in economics from Louisiana State University, a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University and a master’s of theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Past positions

  • House of Representatives: 2004 to Present
    • Senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Agriculture Committee subcommittee chairman
    • Lincoln City Council from 1997-2001
    • Publishing industry executive
    • Policy analyst for the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relation

Hometown and current residence

  • Fortenberry was born Dec. 27, 1960, in Baton Rouge, La., and lives in Lincoln, Neb.

Korey Reiman, Democrat

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Family and religious background

  • Reiman and his wife, Melissa, have a daughter, Isabella, and two sons, Elias and Ethan.


  • Reiman has a teaching degree from Peru State College and a law degree from the University of Nebraska Law College.

Past positions

  • Reiman started his own law practice in 2004.

Hometown and current residence

  • Reiman has lived in Lincoln since 1996, but he grew up on a farm in rural Pawnee County, Neb. He was born in North Platte on Oct. 25, 1972.


Wall Street Journal candidate biographies

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3 Nebraska Republicans seek re-election

Fortenberry expecting another overwhelming victory.

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Candidate profile: Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

Fortenberry is proud of his voting record, but says there are a few things he wants to work on next term.

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Candidate profile: Challenger Korey Reiman

Reiman says he wants to repeal the affordable health care act and preserve Medicare.

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Big cash advantages belong to incumbents in 1st, 3rd Districts

Fortenberry has a huge financial advantage over Reiman.

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Editorial, 10/17: Fortenberry wins endorsement

Fortenberry wins the Lincoln Journal Star editorial board endorsement for another term in the House of Representatives.

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Newcomer Reiman faces uphill struggle

The Journal Star’s Don Walton describes the challenges a political beginner faces against a four-term incumbent.

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Incumbent Fortenberry way ahead of challenger in fundraising

WOWT illuminates the differences between these two candidates.

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A look at campaign finances for both candidates, the Center for Responsive Politics, shows the total spending for both candidates campaigns.

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2012 Election Guide

The Omaha World-Herald offers background information on all of Nebraska’s congressional candidates.

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Candidates explain their views in 1st District race

The Norfolk Daily News describes where candidate stand on major issues.

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Reiman says he’s running for better representation

Reiman explains his decision to run and Fortenberry talks about economic issues.

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Korey Reiman: PoliticIt interview interviewed Reiman about his campaign and its use of social media.

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Compiled by Kylie Morrison-Sloat

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