Jerry McNerney

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Jerry McNerney, born on June 18, 1951, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was first elected in the 2006 to represent the 11th district of California beating incumbent Republican anti-environmentalist Richard Pombo. McNerney was reelected in 2008. McNerney is an enviromentalist and the CEO of a start-up company that will manufacture wind turbines.

The 11th Congressional District includes 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.



  • attended St. Joseph's Military Academy in Hays, Kansas.
  • attended the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1969-1971
  • B.S., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., 1973
  • M.S., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., 1975
  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., 1981

Employment history

Jerry served several years as a contractor to Sandia National Laboratories on Kirtland AFB working on national security programs. In 1985, Jerry accepted a senior engineering position with US Windpower (Kenetech), and in 1994 Jerry began working as an energy consultant for PG&E, FloWind, The Electric Power Research Institute, and other utility companies. McNerney is a CEO of a start-up company that will manufacture wind turbines.

Political history

  • unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the 109th Congress in 2004
  • elected as a Democrat to the 110th Congress (January 3, 2007-present).
    • Jerry was inspired to run for the US House of Representatives by his son Michael, who sought and received a commission in the Air Force in response to the 9/11 attacks.


  • McNerney grew up in a devout Catholic family
  • He and his wife Mary have lived in Pleasanton since 1990, and have three grown children.

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