Candidate Profile from Congressional QuarterlyLee Terry (R) of Omaha
Like Christensen, Terry will receive high marks from socially and fiscally conservative organizations. But where Christensen made his mark as a "religious right" conservative, Terry sees himself as "more of an economic conservative" who will focus foremost on cutting taxes and simplifying the code.
As such, Terry a key player in lowering Omaha's property taxes would welcome a spot on the prestigious, tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Though freshmen rarely are assigned to that panel, Terry notes that the last three 2nd district representatives had seats.
Terry also has expressed interest in the Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure or National Security committees.
Terry wants to abolish the tax code and enact a simpler structure with lower rates. Specifically, he calls for reducing capital gains taxes and eliminating the so-called "marriage penalty" and "death taxes."
Terry disagrees with those who say a balanced-budget constitutional amendment is unnecessary in an era of surpluses. "I think it's very important to have that type of restraint in place," he says.
On Social Security, Terry stresses the need to "protect our grandparents." But he is concerned about the program's long-term solvency and would support allowing individuals to use a portion of their payroll taxes for private investment.
Terry's conservative views won't hamper his ability to work with ideological opponents. He says his two proudest achievements as a city councilor securing private funding to build a new ice skating rink and enacting a "no cruising" ordinance came as a result of working with community, business and government officials of varying views.