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Jerry McNerney


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 11th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Richard Pombo

Born June 18, 1951 (1951-06-18) (age 58)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary McNerney
Children Michael McNerney
Windy McNerney
Greg McNerney
Residence Pleasanton, California
Alma mater University of New Mexico
Occupation Engineer, Energy Scientist, Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Gerald "Jerry" McNerney (born June 18, 1951) is an engineer, energy specialist, and politician from the U.S. state of California. McNerney, a Democrat, won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2006 House election, defeating incumbent Richard Pombo in California's 11th congressional district, which includes parts of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley as well as parts of Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties in the Bay Area.

McNerney holds a Ph.D in mathematics.[1]

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Biography

Jerry McNerney was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended St. Joseph's Military Academy in Hays, Kansas and, for two years, the United States Military Academy at West Point. After leaving West Point, he enrolled at the University of New Mexico, where he received a bachelor's, master's and, in 1981, a Ph.D in mathematics. McNerney and Mary, his wife of 29 years, have lived and raised their children in Pleasanton, California since 1990.[1] Their oldest son, Michael, is a reserve officer in the US Air Force. Daughter Windy is a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, and youngest son, Greg, is a graduate student studying biophysics at UC Davis.

Jerry served several years as a contractor to Sandia National Laboratories on Kirtland Air Force Base, working on national security programs. In 1985, he accepted a senior engineering position with U.S. Windpower (Kenetech), and in 1994 began working as an energy consultant for PG&E, FloWind, The Electric Power Research Institute, and other utility companies. Jerry formerly served as the CEO of a start-up company manufacturing wind turbines before being elected to Congress.

His oldest son Michael volunteered to serve in the military soon after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Congressional campaigns

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2004

McNerney was inspired to run for Congress by his son Michael, who in response to the attacks of September 11, sought and received a commission in the Air Force. Michael suggested that his father serve his country by running for Congress. McNerney first ran for Congress against Richard Pombo in California's 11th congressional district in the 2004 House elections. He entered the race two weeks before the primary election as a write-in candidate. He qualified to be a write-in candidate for the March 2004 primary by one signature. Having no primary opponent, he won the primary and qualified for the November general election ballot as the Democratic nominee. He lost the November general election, 61 to 39 percent.

2006

McNerney launched his 2006 campaign early in the fall of 2005. In June 2006 he won the Democratic primary with 52.8% of the vote, defeating Steve Filson and Stevan Thomas.

In late July, Republicans Pete McCloskey and Tom Benigno (both of whom ran in the Republican primary against Pombo) endorsed McNerney.[2]

In September, analysis of the campaign was changed from "Republican safe" to "Republican favored" due to the emergence of McNerney's campaign. The report noted "a [GOP] party spokesman says it's because they want to win decisively but others speculate that internal polling has delivered bad news for the incumbent."[3]

On October 3, 2006, a poll commissioned by Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund was released with McNerney leading Pombo 48 percent to 46 percent.[4]. Based on these events, in early October, CQPolitics.com changed their rating of this race from Republican Favored to Leans Republican[5]

On November 7, 2006, Pombo was voted out of office in favor of McNerney.[6] McNerney had 53.3 percent of the vote, while Pombo got 46.7 percent.

2008

McNerney won reelection 55% to 45% over Andal.

2010

A number of Republicans, including Danville resident Elizabeth Emken, are vying to challenge McNerney in the 2010 general election.[7]

Committee assignments

Electoral History

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[8]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Jerry McNerney 109,868 53.3%
Republican Richard Pombo (incumbent) 96,396 46.7%
Totals 206,264 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican
United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[9]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Jerry McNerney (incumbent) 164,500 55.3%
Republican Dean Andal 133,104 44.7%
American Independent David Christensen (write-in) 12 0.0%
Totals 297,616 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

References

  1. ^ a b Jerry McNerney (2006-09-02). "Biographical detail in op-ed: "Three-ring Pombo Cash Circus Comes to Stockton"". YubaNet.com. http://www.yubanet.com/artman/publish/article_41601.shtml.  
  2. ^ missingauthor (2006-07-24). "missingtitle". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/24/AR2006072400877.html.  
  3. ^ Lisa Vorderbrueggen (2006-09-23). "News and observations, some serious, some not, on the East Bay political scene". ContraCostaTimes Politics Weblog. http://www.cctextra.com/blogs/politicsblog/2006/09/rothenberg_reports_adds_pombo.html?source=rss&channel=cctimes_politics.  
  4. ^ Hank Shaw (2006-10-03). "Poll shows Pombo, McNerney just 2 points apart". The Record (ONI Stockton, Inc.). http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061003/NEWS01/610030336. Retrieved 2006-08-18.  
  5. ^ Ryan Kelly (2006-10-03). "Competitive Race Lies Beneath Flurry of GOP Activity in Calif. 11". CQPolitics.com. http://www.cqpolitics.com/2006/10/competitive_race_lies_beneath.html.  
  6. ^ "McNerney Unseats Pombo; Doolittle Beats Brown". KCRA. November 8, 2006. http://news.yahoo.com/s/kcra/20061108/lo_kcra/10274159. Retrieved 2006-11-08.  
  7. ^ http://www.mantecabulletin.com/news/article/10627/
  8. ^ Office of the California Secretary of State "United States Representative in Congress," (retrieved on July 29th, 2009).
  9. ^ Office of the California Secretary of State "United States Representative in Congress," (retrieved on July 29th, 2009).

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Pombo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 11th congressional district

2007–
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Jerry McNerney
File:Jerry

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 11th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Opponent(s) David Harmer
Preceded by Richard Pombo

Born June 18, 1951 (1951-06-18) (age 59)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary McNerney
Children Michael McNerney
Windy McNerney
Greg McNerney
Residence Pleasanton, California
Alma mater University of New Mexico
Occupation engineer, energy scientist, politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Gerald "Jerry" McNerney (born June 18, 1951) is an engineer, energy specialist, and politician from the U.S. state of California. McNerney, a Democrat, won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2006 House election, defeating incumbent Richard Pombo in California's 11th congressional district, which includes parts of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley as well as parts of Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties in the Bay Area.

McNerney holds a Ph.D in mathematics.[1]

Contents

Biography

Jerry McNerney was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended St. Joseph's Military Academy in Hays, Kansas and, for two years, the United States Military Academy at West Point. After leaving West Point, he enrolled at the University of New Mexico, where he received a bachelor's, master's and, in 1981, a Ph.D in mathematics. McNerney and Mary, his wife of 29 years, have lived and raised their children in Pleasanton, California since 1990.[1] Their oldest son, Michael, is a reserve officer in the US Air Force, and joined soon after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Daughter Windy is a graduate student studying psychology at the University of Notre Dame, and youngest son, Greg, is a graduate student studying biophysics at UC Davis.

Jerry served several years as a contractor to Sandia National Laboratories on Kirtland Air Force Base, working on national security programs. In 1985, he accepted a senior engineering position with U.S. Windpower (Kenetech), and in 1994 began working as an energy consultant for PG&E, FloWind, The Electric Power Research Institute, and other utility companies[who?]. Jerry formerly served as the CEO of a start-up company manufacturing wind turbines before being elected to Congress[which?].

Congressional campaigns

2004

McNerney was inspired to run for Congress by his son Michael[citation needed], who in response to the attacks of September 11, sought and received a commission in the Air Force. Michael suggested that his father serve his country by running for Congress. McNerney first ran for Congress against Richard Pombo in California's 11th congressional district in the 2004 House elections. He entered the race two weeks before the primary election as a write-in candidate. He qualified to be a write-in candidate for the March 2004 primary by one signature. Having no primary opponent, he won the primary and qualified for the November general election ballot as the Democratic nominee.[citation needed] He lost the November general election, 61 to 39 percent.[citation needed]

2006

McNerney launched his 2006 campaign early in the fall of 2005. In June 2006 he won the Democratic primary with 52.8% of the vote, defeating Steve Filson and Stevan Thomas.

In late July, Republicans Pete McCloskey and Tom Benigno (both of whom ran in the Republican primary against Pombo) endorsed McNerney.[2]

In September, analysis of the campaign was changed from "Republican safe" to "Republican favored" due to the emergence of McNerney's campaign. The report noted "a [GOP] party spokesman says it's because they want to win decisively but others speculate that internal polling has delivered bad news for the incumbent."[3]

On October 3, 2006, a poll commissioned by Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund was released with McNerney leading Pombo 48 percent to 46 percent.[4] Based on these events, in early October, CQPolitics.com changed their rating of this race from Republican Favored to Leans Republican[5]

On November 7, 2006, Pombo was voted out of office in favor of McNerney.[6] McNerney had 53.3 percent of the vote, while Pombo got 46.7 percent.

2008

McNerney won reelection 55% to 45% over Andal.

2010

Republican David Harmer will challenge McNerney in the general election.[7]

Committee assignments

Electoral History

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[8]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Jerry McNerney 109,868 53.3%
Republican Richard Pombo (incumbent) 96,396 46.7%
Totals 206,264 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican
United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[9]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Jerry McNerney (incumbent) 164,500 55.3%
Republican Dean Andal 133,104 44.7%
American Independent David Christensen (write-in) 12 0.0%
Totals 297,616 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

References

  1. ^ a b Jerry McNerney (2006-09-02). "Biographical detail in op-ed: "Three-ring Pombo Cash Circus Comes to Stockton"". YubaNet.com. http://www.yubanet.com/artman/publish/article_41601.shtml. 
  2. ^ missingauthor (2006-07-24). "missingtitle". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/24/AR2006072400877.html. 
  3. ^ Lisa Vorderbrueggen (2006-09-23). "News and observations, some serious, some not, on the East Bay political scene". ContraCostaTimes Politics Weblog. http://www.cctextra.com/blogs/politicsblog/2006/09/rothenberg_reports_adds_pombo.html?source=rss&channel=cctimes_politics. 
  4. ^ Hank Shaw (2006-10-03). "Poll shows Pombo, McNerney just 2 points apart". The Record (ONI Stockton, Inc.). http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061003/NEWS01/610030336. Retrieved 2006-08-18. 
  5. ^ Ryan Kelly (2006-10-03). "Competitive Race Lies Beneath Flurry of GOP Activity in Calif. 11". CQPolitics.com. http://www.cqpolitics.com/2006/10/competitive_race_lies_beneath.html. 
  6. ^ "McNerney Unseats Pombo; Doolittle Beats Brown". KCRA. November 8, 2006. http://news.yahoo.com/s/kcra/20061108/lo_kcra/10274159. Retrieved 2006-11-08. [dead link]
  7. ^ "United States Representative; District 11; Republican Party Election Information June 8, 2010 Election". Smartvoter.org. 2010-06-08. http://smartvoter.org/2010/06/08/ca/state/race/usrep11r/. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  8. ^ Office of the California Secretary of State "United States Representative in Congress," (retrieved on July 29th, 2009).
  9. ^ Office of the California Secretary of State "United States Representative in Congress," (retrieved on July 29th, 2009).

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Pombo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from [[California's 11Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst: congressional district]]

2007–
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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