McNerney will retire at the end of this year

Representative Jerry McNerney, a longtime Democrat representing parts of East Contra Costa County, the Plains and the San Joaquin Valley, has decided not to run for re-election.

The 70-year-old congressman’s office announced his retirement on Tuesday. His position in California’s newly created 9th Congressional District lies in solid Democratic territory and is considered fairly secure in the challenging 2022 midterm elections.

Rhode Island Representative Jim Langevin also announced his retirement on the same day, bringing the number to 20 retired House Democrats and eight others seeking other offices.

“I am honored that the citizens of California’s 9th Congressional District have chosen me as their representative in the past five elections and that the people of California’s former 11th Congressional District have privileged me represent them for three terms,” McNerney, D-Stockton, said in a statement.

McNerney’s departure opened the door for Representative Josh Harder, D-Turlock, whose 10th district has changed a lot in the redistricting, transition and re-election run for the retiring congressman seat. . The new District 9 includes San Joaquin County and smaller portions of Contra Costa and Sacramento counties.

“This new county took parts of his county and combined them with mine, including the cities of Tracy and Manteca,” Harder wrote in a statement. “So when Jerry told me he wasn’t going to run, I knew I had to step up and run to keep CA-9 blue.”

McNerney was first elected in 2006, when he upset Republican incumbent Richard Pombo of Tracy. He served as a contractor for New Mexico’s Sandia National Laboratory and as a senior engineer for a wind turbine company and later ran a startup.

The Democratic congressman is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the oldest and powerful standing committees responsible for issues like telecommunications, food and drug safety, public health and research, environmental quality, consumer protection, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce.

Although McNerney did not give any details about his departure, he did credit some of his accomplishments in a statement.

“I am very proud of the many accomplishments my staff and I have had in Congress, including the establishment of a large veterans medical center facility in San Joaquin County, providing assistance. provide excellent support to voters with federal agencies and secure large investments in infrastructure, and McNerney said.

“I will continue to work for the people of the district for the rest of my term and look forward to new opportunities to continue serving,” he added.

The deadline for candidates wishing to run in the June 7 primary election is March 11. McNerney will retire at the end of this year

Huynh Nguyen

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