Congressman Jerry McNerney holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of New Mexico. He served several years as a contractor to Sandia National Laboratories on national security programs. In 1990, McNerney moved with his family to California, accepting a senior engineering position with U.S. Windpower, Kenetech. He later served as an energy consultant for PG&E, FloWind, the Electric Power Research Institute, and other utility companies. Prior to his election to Congress in 2006, he formed a start-up company to manufacture wind turbines. Congressman McNerney represents California’s 9th District, and serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which is vested with broad jurisdiction on a number of issues including telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce.