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Fortenberry Replacement To Be Elected Same Day As His Sentencing

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, center, speaks with the media outside the federal courthouse in Los Angeles, on Thursday.
Brian Melley
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AP
U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, center, speaks with the media outside the federal courthouse in Los Angeles, on Thursday.

Nebraska voters will elect a new member of Congress on the same day a judge in California is scheduled to sentence the Republican who resigned from the position to a possible federal prison sentence. Gov. Pete Ricketts said Friday the special election June 28 will replace former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who resigned days after his conviction for lying to federal authorities about an illegal campaign donation. That’s the same day a federal judge in Los Angeles is scheduled to sentence Fortenberry, who was convicted March 24 of concealing information and two counts of making false statements to authorities. Each count carries a potential five-year prison sentence and fines.