Last updated on: 4/23/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Jerry McNerney, PhD Biography

Title:
Member of the US House of Representatives (D-CA)
Position:
Now Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“In the past year, the congressman has met several patients with debilitating illnesses that use doctor-prescribed medical marijuana. Hearing their stories, he feels that he cannot in good conscience deny doctor-prescribed treatment to a person that experiences excruciating pain on a daily basis.”

Statement from Rep. McNerney’s spokesman, Andrew Stone, as reported by the Oakland Tribune, July 11, 2008

[Editor’s Note: Prior to the July 11, 2008 statement above, Rep. McNerney was classified as Con based on his July 26, 2006 statement explaining why he voted against the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment, which would have cut off funding for federal efforts to stop states from allowing medical marijuana use.]

“We are facing a drug crisis with meth and other drug use on the rise. Until we get a handle on the crippling drug use in our society, I cannot support the relaxation of current drug policy.”

Edward Epstein, “McNerney Draws Fire from Backers of Medicinal Pot / Freshmen Dems Blamed in Defeat of Plan to Stop Feds,” San Francisco Chronicle, July 27, 2007

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, US House of Representatives (D-CA), Jan. 4, 2007-present
  • CEO, Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Power, 2004-present
  • Member, House Committee on Energy & Commerce
  • Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Power
  • Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
  • Member, Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
  • Former member, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Highways and
  • Transit; Water Resources; and Environment subcommittees
  • Former member, House Committee on Veterans Affairs
  • Former member, House Committee on Science and Technology
  • Former energy consultant, PG&E, FloWind, and the Electric Power Research Institute
  • Senior Engineer, US Windpower (Kenetech), 1985-1994
  • Former National Security Contractor, Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico
Education:
  • PhD, Mathematics, University of New Mexico, 1981
  • MS, University of New Mexico, 1975
  • BS, University of New Mexico, 1973
Other:
  • Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 18, 1951
  • Legal name is Gerald M. McNerney
  • Twitter handle: @RepMcNerney