Jerry McNerney

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Jerry McNerney
Jerry McNerney.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 9
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRichard W. Pombo (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$11,408,246
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Mexico
Master'sUniversity of New Mexico
Ph.D.University of New Mexico
Personal
BirthdayJune 18, 1951
Place of birthAlbuquerque, New Mexico
ProfessionEnergy Engineer
Net worth$9,001
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Gerald "Jerry" McNerney (b. June 18, 1951 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 9th congressional district. McNerney was first elected to the House in 2006.

McNerny most recently won re-election[1] to California's 9th District in 2012. McNerney defeated Ricky Gill (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2] He was displaced from the 11th district by redistricting.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, McNerney is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

McNerney was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He earned his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in 1973, 1975, and 1981, respectively.[3]

Career

Before serving in Congress, McNerney worked to develop wind energy as a businessman and engineer.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

McNerney serves on the following committees:[5][6]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power

2011-2012

McNerney served on the following committees:[7]

Issues

Specific votes

Rep. McNerney voted for TARP.[8] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[9]

McNerney also supported the auto bailout.[10] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[11]

In addition, McNerney voted for the stimulus bill.[12] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [13]

McNerney voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[14] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[15]

McNerney supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[16] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[17]

Finally, McNerney voted for the health care reform bill.[18] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[19]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" McNerney voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[20]

Campaign themes

2012

McNerney's campaign website listed the following issues:[21]

  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "Family farms are the backbone of our nation and are a major part of California’s economy. I am working hard to help family farms thrive and to promote policies that benefit the unique needs of growers and ranchers in California."
  • Economy
Excerpt: "I raised my three kids in California, and my family experienced periods of economic difficulty. I was a renewable energy engineer and small business owner, and I had to take out a second mortgage to afford my kids’ college education. I know what it’s like when times are tough, and nothing is more important to me than creating jobs in California and getting our economy going again."
  • Education
Excerpt: "My wife Mary and I raised three children in Northern California. My kids attended public schools in our area and went to public universities in our state. Nothing is more important to our country’s future than providing America’s youth with a first-class education, and I’m focused on making sure that California children have the educational opportunities they deserve."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "We need a forward-thinking energy policy more than ever. California families have suffered too much from volatile and high gas prices, and buying millions of barrels of oil from overseas puts money in the hands of countries like Iran and Venezuela that are hostile to America."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "California is home to some of America’s greatest treasures. I raised three kids here, and some of my best memories are of hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoors with my children. From Yosemite, to pristine beaches, to the San Joaquin Delta right here in our back yard, I’m committed to preserving our local environment for future generations to enjoy."

Elections

2012

See also: California's 9th congressional district elections, 2012

McNerney won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 9th District.[1][22] He was displaced from the 11th district by redistricting. He and Ricky Gill (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating John McDonald (R). McNerney then defeated Gill in the November 6, 2012, general election.[23][24]

U.S. House, California District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJerry McNerney Incumbent 55.6% 118,373
     Republican Ricky Gill 44.4% 94,704
Total Votes 213,077
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 9 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJerry McNerney (D) Incumbent 47.8% 45,696
Green check mark transparent.pngRicky Gill (R) 40.2% 38,488
John McDonald (R) 12% 11,458
Total Votes 95,642

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McNerney is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, McNerney raised a total of $11,408,246 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[29]

Jerry McNerney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 9) Won $2,532,626
2010 US House (California, District 11) Won $3,208,078
2008 US House (California, District 11) Won $3,047,771
2006 US House (California, District 11) Won $2,462,885
2004 US House (California, District 11) Defeated $156,886
Grand Total Raised $11,408,246

2012

Breakdown of the source of McNerney's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

McNerney won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, McNerney's campaign committee raised a total of $2,532,626 and spent $2,744,513.[30]

2010

Breakdown of the source of McNerney's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

McNerney won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, McNerney's campaign committee raised a total of $3,208,078 and spent $3,097,237.[31]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 11, 2010 - Jerry McNerney Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,208,078
Total Spent $3,097,237
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,931,475
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,858,561
Top contributors to Jerry McNerney's campaign committee
University of California$32,700
Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte$28,710
League of Conservation Voters$25,079
Oracle Corp$18,450
Kaiser Permanente$15,125
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$251,925
Retired$212,852
Leadership PACs$128,853
Health Professionals$122,177
Candidate Committees$100,676

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McNerney is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[32]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, McNerney missed 74 of 5,226 roll call votes from January 2007 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.4%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[33]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. McNerney paid his congressional staff a total of $985,128 in 2011. He ranked 62nd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 242nd overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[34]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, McNerney's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,003 and $17,000. That averages to $9,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[35]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, McNerney's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,003 and $17,000. That averages to $9,001.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[36]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. McNerney ranked 158th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[37]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. McNerney ranked 132nd in the liberal rankings.[38]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Jerry McNerney has voted with the Democratic Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 156th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[39]

Personal

McNerney and his wife, Mary, have three children.

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "McNERNEY, Jerry, (1951 - )"
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "McNERNEY, Jerry, (1951 - )"
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Committee on Energy and Commerce, "Committee Democrats Announce Subcommittee Memberships for 113th Congress," January 15, 2013
  7. Congressman Jerry McNerney, Serving California's 11th District "About Jerry’s Committees"
  8. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml
  9. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  10. US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
  11. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  12. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  13. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  14. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  15. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  16. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  17. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  18. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  19. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. Campaign website, Issues
  22. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," Accessed March 3, 2012
  23. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  24. Unofficial election results
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jerry McNerney," Accessed March 22, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Jerry McNerney 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Jerry McNerney 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  32. Gov Track "Jerry McNerney," Accessed June 7 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Jerry McNerney," Accessed April 2, 2013
  34. LegiStorm "Jerry McNerney"
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "McNerney, (D-Cali), 2011"
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "McNerney, (D-Cali), 2010"
  37. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  38. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  39. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Pombo
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 9
2007-Present
Succeeded by
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