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McNerney is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
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Jerry McNerney sits on the following committees:
McNerney was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
McNerney sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (19%)Armed Forces and National Security (15%)Water Resources Development (13%)Education (13%)Environmental Protection (12%)Crime and Law Enforcement (10%)Energy (10%)Government Operations and Politics (8%)
Some of McNerney’s most recently sponsored bills include...
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|McNerney’s Vote||Vote Description|
|No||S. 612: A bill to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 1300 Victoria Street in Laredo, Texas, as the “George P. Kazen Federal Building ...|
Dec 8, 2016. Passed 360/61.
|No||H.Res. 546: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 22) to authorize funds for Federal-aid ...|
Dec 3, 2015. Passed 384/40.
|Yea||H.R. 308: Keep the Promise Act of 2015|
Nov 16, 2015. Failed 263/146.
|No||H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act|
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
|Yea||H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015|
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
|Nay||H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015|
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
|Aye||H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015|
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
|Aye||H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013|
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.
|Aye||H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012|
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
|No||H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act|
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
From Jan 2007 to Mar 2018, McNerney missed 139 of 8,477 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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Jerry McNerney is pronounced:
JE-ree // muk-NER-nee
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Not to be confused with Jerry McNertney.
|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 9th district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Barbara Lee|
|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 11th district
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Richard Pombo|
|Succeeded by||George Miller|
|Born||Gerald Mark McNerney|
(1951-06-18) June 18, 1951 (age 66)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
|Residence||Pleasanton, California (2006-2010)|
Stockton, California (2010-present)
|Alma mater||University of New Mexico|
|Occupation||Engineer, energy scientist|
Gerald Mark McNerney (born June 18, 1951) is an engineer, energy specialist, and the U.S. Representative for California's 9th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as the 11th District until 2013, is based in Stockton and includes parts of San Joaquin County, East Contra Costa County, and southern Sacramento County. McNerney holds a Ph.D in mathematics.
Early life, education, and business career
McNerney was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Rosemary (née Tischhauser) and Col. John E. McNerney. He is of Swiss and Irish descent. 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 in 1971 in protest of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, he enrolled at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he received bachelor's and master's degrees and, in 1981, a Ph.D. in Mathematics, with a doctoral dissertation in differential geometry.
McNerney served several years as a contractor to Sandia National Laboratories at Kirtland Air Force Base on national security programs. In 1985, he accepted a senior engineering position with U.S. Windpower (Kenetech). In 1994, he began working as an energy consultant for PG&E, FloWind, The Electric Power Research Institute, and other utility companies. Before being elected to Congress, Jerry served as the CEO of a 2004 start-up company manufacturing wind turbines, named HAWT Power (Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Power). A 1992 article that he co-authored in an IEEE journal is a good example of his writings during this period.
U.S. House of Representatives
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 general election, 61%-39%.
Main article: California 11th congressional district election, 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, who had been endorsed by the DCCC, and Stevan Thomas.
In late July, Republicans Pete McCloskey and Tom Benigno (both of whom ran in the Republican primary against Pombo) endorsed McNerney. 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." On October 3, 2006, a poll commissioned by Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund was released with McNerney leading Pombo 48 percent to 46 percent. Based on these events, in early October, CQPolitics.com changed their rating of this race from Republican Favored to Leans Republican
On November 7, 2006, McNerney defeated Pombo 53–47%.
Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2008 § District 11
McNerney won re-election 55% to 45% over Republican nominee Dean Andal.
Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2010 § District 11
McNerney won re-election 48–47%, defeating Republican nominee David Harmer.
Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012 § District 9
For his first three terms, McNerney represented a district that encompassed eastern Alameda County, most of San Joaquin County and a small portion of Santa Clara County. After redistricting, his district was renumbered as the 9th District. It lost its portion of Alameda County, including McNerney's home in Pleasanton, while picking up part of Sacramento County. After the new map was announced, McNerney announced he would move to San Joaquin County in the new 9th. Although the new district is somewhat more Democratic than its predecessor, it is influenced by the Central Valley. He eventually bought a home in Stockton. He won re-election 56–44%, defeating Republican nominee Ricky Gill.
In 2010, President Obama signed into law a bill written by McNerney which improves care of returning service members with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) by establishing an evaluation panel to assess the Veteran's Administration treatments for TBI and recommend improvements. He also wrote a bill in 2013 that allowed veterans to keep receiving their benefits during the government shutdown.
McNerney was one of the first lawmakers to call for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki following revelations in the news media about delays in care at VA health care facilities.
McNerney is a proponent of renewable energy. He voted to reduce carbon emissions. He has voted for tax incentives for renewable energy and for allowing states to impose stricter emissions standards. He opposes drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf.
McNerney co-sponsored the bill To require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use for potable hot water (H.R. 4801; 113th Congress), would require the United States Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the effects that thermal insulation has on both energy consumption and systems for providing potable water in federal buildings. McNerney said that "it is important for us to look for ways to save taxpayer money and ensure the federal government is doing its part to preserve our natural resources." McNerney argued it would be a good way to collect data so that "we can use the findings from this study and make sure we are doing everything we can in both federal and private buildings to maximize energy and water efficiency."
- Drug legislation
In 2007, McNerney voted against legislation that would have prevented the DEA from enforcing prohibition in the twelve states (including California) which allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
In 2013, McNerney introduced the Methamphetamine Education, Treatment and Hope (METH) Act to modernize and expand programs that combat methamphetamine abuse by expanding treatment for addicts, particularly mothers or pregnant women, and provide grants to provide substance abuse and mental health services in rural areas.
- Other issues
McNerney voted in favor of legislation allowing employees to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation. In 2009, McNerney voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He has opposed free trade agreements, voting against CAFTA, GATT, and the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement.
|California's 11th Congressional District Democratic Primary Election, 2006|
|California's 9th Congressional District Primary Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Jerry McNerney (incumbent)||45,696||47.8|
|California's 9th Congressional District Primary Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Jerry McNerney (incumbent)||38,295||49.4|
|Republican||Antonio "Tony" Amador||20,424||26.3|
|Republican||Steve Anthony Colangelo||14,195||18.3|
|Republican||Karen "Mathews" Davis||4,637||6.0|
|California's 9th Congressional District Primary Election, 2016|
|Democratic||Jerry McNerney (incumbent)||71,634||55.3|
|Republican||Antonio "Tony" Amador||28,161||21.7|
McNerney resides in Stockton, California. He and his wife, Mary, have three children.
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- ^"Mathematics Genealogy Project". Retrieved November 20, 2014.
- ^G. McNerney and R. Richardson, “The Statistical Smoothing of Power Delivered to Utilities by Multiple Wind Turbines”, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion 7:4 (Dec. 1992), pp. 644–47.
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- ^Office of the California Secretary of StateArchived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine. "United States Representative in Congress"; retrieved January 21, 2014.
- ^McNerney calls for resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, eastcountytoday.tumblr.com; accessed November 20, 2014.
- ^Lockhead, Carolyn (July 27, 2009). "Pelosi gets landmark bill through". The San Francisco Chronicle.
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- ^"CBO – H.R. 4801". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
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- ^"Energy and Commerce Committee Approves Bill with Mechanical Insulation Language". Central States Insulation Association. June 11, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
- ^Epstein, Edward (July 27, 2007). "McNerney draws fire from backers of medicinal pot". The San Francisco Chronicle.
- ^"McNerney Bill Targets Meth". The Stockton Record. February 16, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
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- ^Office of the California Secretary of StateArchived 2012-11-15 at the Wayback Machine. "United States Representative in Congress" (retrieved on July 29, 2009)
- ^Office of the California Secretary of StateArchived 2008-12-21 at the Wayback Machine. "United States Representative in Congress," (retrieved on July 29, 2009)
- ^Office of the California Secretary of StateArchived 2010-11-17 at the Wayback Machine. "United States Representative in Congress" (retrieved on November 24, 2010).
- ^Sacramento BeeArchived 2013-08-01 at the Wayback Machine. "Election Results," (retrieved on June 14, 2013)
- ^2014 general election results