Congressman Jeff Fortenberry has ended speculation about whether he will run for United States Senate. Fortenberry issued the following statement.
“After much discernment over the past few weeks, I have decided not to become a candidate for the U.S. Senate. I wish to thank all those who offered their encouragement and support during this time.
“I am honored to represent the people of Nebraska in the United States House of Representatives, and it is my intention to seek re-election. I look forward to continuing work on the challenges facing our nation and welcoming the communities of Bellevue and Columbus, as well as Platte and Polk counties, to the First Congressional District.”
Speculation had swirled that Fortenberry might get in the Senate race in wake of Sen. Ben Nelson’s decision to retire from public office. Nelson is a Democrat. Fortenberry is a Republican.
Former United States Senator and Nebraska Governor, Bob Kerrey, is reportedly considering a return to Nebraska politics. Kerrey is a Democrat.