Republican Lee Terry has represented Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District since 1999. He is a staunch supporter of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline path through Nebraska.
He has endorsed Pete Ricketts in the 2014 Nebraska race for Nebraska governor.
Terry, 51, is a lifelong Nebraskan. He was born in Omaha on Jan. 29, 1962, he graduated from Omaha Northwest High School and earned a law degree from Creighton University in 1987.
Terry entered elective politics with a run for the Omaha City Council. He served on the council from 1991 to 1998, including two years as council president.
Running for the open House seat being vacated by Republican Jon Christensen, Terry defeated two opponents in the 1998 Republican primary. In the November general election, Terry, the son of longtime KETV news anchor Lee Terry, defeated Democrat and local news anchor Michael Scott in the general election by a margin of 67 percent to 34 percent.
During that first campaign, Terry signed an Americans for Limited Government Pledge to serve only three terms, but is expected to run for his ninth two-year term in 2014. He will have at least one opponent.
Omaha City Council President Pete Festersen said Oct. 13 that the government shutdown, which tanked Republican favorability ratings, led him to reconsider his decision not to seek the Terry’s 2nd District. See more at his campaign site, petefestersen.com
Terry has handily won re-election, except in 2008 and 2012. In 2008, he defeated businessman Jim Esch in the November general election by a margin of 52-48 percent. Nebraska is one of two states that awards electoral college votes on the basis of wins in Congressional Districts, and the 2nd District went for Barack Obama.
In 2012, Terry easily defeated four opponents in the Republican primary, but narrowly beat Democrat and Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing by a margin of 51-49. Terry’s two-point victory came after outspending Ewing four-to-one in a district that had been redrawn to be more favorable to Republicans after the 2010 Census.