In the November 2006 election, the people of California’s 11th congressional district (which includes parts of the Silicon Valley and San Joaquin Valley regions) elected Jerry McNerney to represent them in Washington, D.C. Reelected in 2008 and 2010, he is a member of the House Committe on Science, Space, and Technology; the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment; and the Subcommittee on Investigation and Oversight.
McNerney was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and attended the University of New Mexico, where he studied engineering and mathematics, earning a Ph.D. in 1981. He served several years as a contractor to Sandia National Laboratories on Kirtland Air Force Base, working on wind energy and 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 Pacific Gas & Electric, FloWind, the Electric Power Research Institute, and other utility companies. During his career in wind energy, McNerney’s work contributed to saving the equivalent of approximately 30 million barrels of oil, or 8.3 million tons of carbon dioxide—the main greenhouse gas—as well as other harmful pollutants.
McNerney and his wife of thirty-one years, Mary, make their home in Pleasanton, California. He is an avid reader, has written three unpublished novels along with numerous essays, and has also published several technical papers pertaining to wind energy.