Stockton Democrat McNerney will not seek reelection in newly created 9th Congressional District

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U. S. Rep. Jerry McNerney has represented Stockton in Congress since 2007.  He announced Jan. 18 that he will not seek another term.
U. S. Rep. Jerry McNerney has represented Stockton in Congress since 2007. He announced Jan. 18 that he will not seek another term.

U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection in California's newly created 9th Congressional District.

"I will keep working for the people of my district throughout the remainder of my term and look forward to new opportunities to continue to serve," McNerney said on Twitter.

McNerney, a Democrat, has served in Congress since 2007 as representative of a Stockton-based district, which includes parts of Contra Costa and Sacramento counties.

U.S. Rep. Josh Harder, who serves District 10, announced Tuesday that he will run in the newly created District 9.

District 10 includes Stanislaus County and part of San Joaquin County. Harder has represented District 10 since 2019 following a narrow win over Republican incumbent Jeff Denham.

McNerney was elected to Congress in 2006 in a flip of a long-held Republican seat, defeating former Tracy representative and then-House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo in District 11.

In December, California's redistricting commission reformulated District 9 to include much of San Joaquin County but exclude Lathrop and some unincorporated areas of south Tracy. Harder's District 10 will be split between the new District 5 and District 13.

Among McNerney’s accomplishments during his time in Congress was the acquisition of nearly $200 million in funding for the construction of a veterans' health clinic in French Camp.

McNerney authored multiple bills aimed at supporting veterans during his time in Congress, including legislation signed in 2016 that extended the period that veteran-owned businesses could maintain special status if the business owner died.

Last year ground was broken on Victory Gardens, an affordable housing project for homeless veterans in French Champ.

McNerney serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

McNerney was born in Albuquerque and lived in Dublin when elected to Congress and later moved to Stockton.

Record reporter Aaron Leathley covers business, housing, and land use. She can be reached at aleathley@recordnet.com or on Twitter @LeathleyAaron. Support local news, subscribe to The Stockton Record at https://www.recordnet.com/subscribenow.

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