Lee Raymond Terry (born January 29, 1962) is the U.S. Representative for Nebraska's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1999. He is a member of the Republican Party.
A lifelong Nebraskan, Congressman Lee Terry has worked continually to empower the people of the Second District. Terry has been a leader for Nebraska, advocating American energy independence, respect for life, and fiscally sound balanced budget. A strong proponent of limited government, Terry has been an outspoken and leading opponent against government intrusion of health care and the Internet.
Congressman Terry currently serves on the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, which is the oldest standing legislative committee in the House. This committee oversees energy, commerce, public health, telecommunications, and many other important issues.
Seen as a knowledgeable leader in the telecommunications field, he was elected to the Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee of Communications and Technology at the start of the 112th Congress. Terry is a member of the Subcommittee of Energy and Power and the Subcommittee for Oversights and Investigation within the Energy and Commerce Committee as well.
As a proponent of an “All of the Above”approach to energy, Congressman Terry believes in utilizing the resources of the United States, along with finding new and innovative alternative energy sources, in order to separate from the dependence on foreign oil. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which was a major overhaul to increase the fuel economy of cars and trucks, authored by Terry, led to saving millions of barrels of imported oil lessening our reliance on foreign sources of energy. He has also been successful in passing legislation promoting E85 gasoline, geothermal technology, and the development commercial markets for geothermal technology, and alternative fuels.
In 2009, Congressman Terry 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.
Congressman Terry was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1998.
Prior to serving as a Representative, Congressman Terry served eight years on the Omaha City Council. Serving 2 terms as vice president and two terms as president of the body. He also was a managing partner in a local law firm. He received his Bachelor or Arts in Political Science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and his Juris Doctorate from Creighton University Law School. Congressman Terry lives in Omaha with his wife Robyn and their three sons, Nolan, Ryan, and Jack.
December 11th, 2011