Lee Terry focuses on government relations and public policy matters in the health care, manufacturing, energy, environmental, telecommunications and data privacy, and cybersecurity areas. From 1999 to 2015, Lee represented the 2nd District of Nebraska in the U.S. House of Representatives. Throughout his career in public service and as a congressman, Lee helped shape federal policy in the energy, telecommunications and manufacturing industries, and championed the causes of business and commerce.
As an eight-term congressman, Lee spent most of his tenure on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he served on the Telecommunications, Energy, Oversight and Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittees. During that time, Lee was a leader on energy issues pertaining to motor fuels, corporate average fuel economy, renewable fuels standard, pipeline infrastructure and liquefied natural gas. Notably, he led efforts to increase data privacy and data security, as well as authored several pieces of telecommunications legislation. In the 113th Congress, Lee chaired the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, where he developed the “Nation of Builder’s” theme, helping to highlight American manufacturing in the areas of steel, automobiles and homebuilding.
Lee was a strong supporter of the Balanced Budget Amendment and the Keystone XL Pipeline. He served as an advocate of several health and safety initiatives, including funding for the nation’s Poison Control Centers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as increased awareness of sports safety measures and sports equipment research and development to prevent brain injuries. He also worked on health issues that came before the full committee including Medicare reform, prescription drug reform, FDA issues, diabetes, MS, Alzheimer’s and mental health issues.
Prior to his 16 years in Congress, Lee served on the Omaha City Council, including as its president from 1995 to 1996. During that time, he focused on the role of public/private partnerships in lowering the tax burden on the citizens of Omaha and passed several pieces of bipartisan legislation. Additionally, Lee was a practicing attorney in Omaha with a small litigation firm.
No matter the challenge, Lee strives to advance the interests of his clients and work to prevent problems before such challenges and obstacles can develop into serious financial consequences or roadblocks to progress. His proven track record of guiding clients through the legislative and regulatory landscape, along with his first-hand knowledge of how government and the public process works, is supported by a network of contacts he has developed over decades of service both on and off the hill.
As a result of his longevity and commitment to his clients and to the community, Lee has received a variety of honors over the course of his career, including the American Public Power Association’s “Legislator of the Year” award in 2014; the “Thomas Jefferson” award by the International Foodservice Distributors Association; TechAmerica’s “Congressional Tech Leader” award; the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ “Leadership” award; the “Spirit of Enterprise” award from the United States Chamber of Commerce; America’s Ethanol Producers’ “Fueling Growth” award; and the Ability One “Champion” award. In addition, Lee was recognized by The Hill as one of the most bipartisan members of Congress.
Lee is not licensed to practice in D.C.
American Public Power Association’s Legislator of the Year 2014
Recognized by The Hill as one of the most bipartisan members of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Award by the International Foodservice Distributors Association
TechAmerica Congressional Tech Leader Award
American Association of Poison Control Centers Leadership Award
“Spirit of Enterprise” award from the United States Chamber of Commerce
America’s Ethanol Producers “Fueling Growth Award”
Ability One Champion Award