April 23rd, 2013

Press Release: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry to Lead Congressional Study Group on Europe


April 23, 2013 | Contact: Sabine Schleidt, FMC, (202) 222-0972


Joins Rep. Welch as Co-Chair of Bipartisan Group Dedicated to Transatlantic Alliance

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) has been named the Co-Chair of the The Congressional Study Group on Europe, a bipartisan congressional organization dedicated to frank and candid dialogue between American lawmakers and their peers in European capitals and the European Parliament.

Rep. Fortenberry assumes the Republican co-chair position, joining Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) in the leadership of the group.

“Our relationship with Europe has become increasingly important in the 21st century, especially as we seek global financial stability and nuclear security on both continents, “said Rep. Fortenberry. “I am proud to serve as a co-chair for the Congressional Study Group on Europe and look forward to working with my counterparts to further this significant strategic alliance.”

Congressman Fortenberry was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004 and is currently a member of the House Appropriations Committee, serving on the subcommittees on Agriculture, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and the Legislative Branch.

The Congressional Study Group on Europe, which was founded in late 2011, is the newest of the four Congressional Study Groups run by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC); the other three Study Groups are on Germany, Turkey, and Japan. During its inaugural year in the 112th Congress, 45 Members of Congress participated in The Congressional Study Group on Europe.

“Congressman Fortenberry has a demonstrated commitment to strengthen our diplomatic engagements abroad, especially through his prior service on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,” said Ambassador Connie Morella (R-MD, 87-03), President of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC).

For thirty years, The Congressional Study Groups have provided substantive, issue-based opportunities for Members of Congress to engage with their counterparts abroad. The Study Groups are the flagship international programs of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), a bipartisan organization that works to promote public service, strengthen representative democracy, and keep both current and former Members of Congress educated, engaged, and empowered to serve their country.