|A lifelong Nebraskan, Congressman Lee Terry has worked continually to empower the people of the Second District. He has been a leader for Nebraska by advocating American energy security, respect for life and a fiscally sound balanced budget. A strong proponent of limited government, Lee has been an outspoken and leading opponent against government intrusion of health care and the Internet.
Lee currently serves on the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, which is the oldest standing legislative committee in the House. For the 113th Congress, Lee is serving as Chairman of the Subcommittee of Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. This subcommittee casts a wide-net over issues that affect every American, every day. CMT’s jurisdiction covers interstate and foreign commerce issues; specifically, regulation of commercial practices and the Federal Trade Commission, including sports-related matters; data security; consumer affairs, protection and product safety; privacy matters; product liability; motor vehicle safety; and regulation of travel and tourism.
In addition to his Chairmanship of Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Lee sits on two other subcommittees as a senior leader on the Committee. Seen as a knowledgeable leader in the telecommunications field, Lee serves on the Subcommittee of Communications and Technology. As a member of Subcommittee of Energy and Power, he is an advocate for an all of the above energy policy.
As a proponent of empowering people at a local level, Lee authored the Local Community Radio Act, which became law in 2011. The law allows non-profit groups throughout the country, especially places in North Omaha, the opportunity to have a voice on FM radio. Lee has also been instrumental in promoting the “All of the Above” approach to energy. This approach not only works towards the elimination of our dependence on foreign oil from hostile regions but also creates jobs and a more robust economy. He believes in extracting and utilizing the vast oil and natural gas resources found in North America, promoting innovative alternative energy sources, and supporting the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada through Nebraska and down to the refineries in Texas. Lee, in partnership with Democrat Baron Hill, successfully negotiated the underlying policy in The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which was a major overhaul to increase the fuel economy of cars and trucks, and led to saving millions of barrels of imported oil. Lee has also taken the lead in promoting the future of natural gas and its many benefits in our daily lives, from heating our homes to fueling our vehicles and long-range trucks.
Lee was named one of the most bipartisan members of the House of Representatives by The Hill newspaper and was named a “heavyweight” in telecommunications and media policy in the 111th Congress.
Lee was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1998. Prior to serving as a Representative, Lee served eight years on the Omaha City Council. He also was a managing partner in a local law firm. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and his Juris Doctorate from Creighton University Law School. Lee lives in Omaha with his wife Robyn and their three sons, Nolan, Ryan and Jack.