Fortenberry Will Resign From Congress on Thursday Following Conviction

Flood says he will seek the Republican nomination for the upcoming 1st Congressional District special election.

Updated Sunday, 3/27/2022 – 12:50pm

Washington, D.C. – Nebraska First District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry announced Saturday that he will resign from his seat in Congress this Thursday, March 31. The resignation comes just two days after he was convicted of three felonies related to an illegal $30,000 donation he received from a foreign national in 2016. (See our previous story)

 

 

In his signed letter to congressional colleagues, Fortenberry says – “It has been my honor to serve with you in the United States House of Representatives. I can no longer effectively serve. I will resign from Congress effective March 31, 2022. It has been my pleasure to call many of you friends. May God bless you as you labor for the good of our country, help those in need, and strive for what is right and just.”

 

In a note on Twitter to constituents, Fortenberry wrote – “Due to difficulties of my current circumstances, I can no longer serve you effectively.” He added – “Please know that it has been the honor of my life to serve you. Goodbye my friends. May God bless you.”

 

Fortenberry was found guilty of one count of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The congressman  is set to be sentenced June 28.

The congressman has maintained his innocence saying he would appeal the decision – adding that he felt it was “difficult to get a fair hearing here” (meaning southern California).

 

FLOOD RESPONDS

Several hours after the announcement, Nebraska State Senator Mike Flood, who is one of four candidates running against Fortenberry in the May 10th primary, issued a statement saying – “I want to thank Jeff Fortenberry for his many years of honorable service to our district, our state, and our nation. Mandi and I wish Jeff, Celeste, and the entire Fortenberry family nothing but the best, and we will be keeping them in our prayers. Working together, we will keep this seat in Republican hands. We will help retake the House and end Democrats’ disastrous one-party rule. We will continue the fight for our families, our economy, and our conservative values in Congress.”

WEAVER RESPONDS

On Sunday afternoon, John Glen Weaver, who is also a candidate running against Fortenberry in the primary election, offered this statement – “We are grateful for Rep. Fortenberry and his family, as they have always showed loyalty, devotion, and service to the people of the First Congressional District and our great nation. Never has he lost faith in his constituents, nor did he ever relent in their causes. During his 17 years serving as your congressman, he has done so much for the great state of Nebraska and America. We honor the countless days spent away from his family, while faithfully serving his constituents. Our prayers go out to him, his dear family, and to the great people of the First District”.

 

SPECIAL ELECTION NEEDED

Fortenberry’s resignation will require a special election to fill the vacant seat for the remainder of the term through next January 3, 2023. Flood says he will seek the Republican nomination for the upcoming 1st Congressional District special election. Details of that process will likely be revealed in the coming days. The other candidates in the primary have not as yet indicated if they will participate in the special election.

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