Jerry Sonnenberg is a Colorado native who has been farming and ranching in northeastern Colorado his entire life. He continues to live and work on the same farm that both his father and he were raised on growing wheat, corn, sunflowers, millet and cattle.
Representative Sonnenberg was first elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2006 and immediately became a strong voice for agriculture and rural Colorado. He was re-elected in 2008, 2010 and again in 2012 and represents the counties of Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick and the vast majority of rural Weld County. Because of his leadership abilities, agriculture background and experience in Colorado’s land and water issues, Jerry currently serves as the ranking member of the Colorado House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee after serving as the Chairman in 2011 and 2012.
Representative Sonnenberg has proposed legislation during his tenure that has reinstated the ag sales tax exemption; tried to eliminate the governments use of eminent domain in acquiring water rights; authorize spending on water projects; protect agriculture data given to government from access by the public; allows trucks to be more efficient by utilizing triple axles and larger loads on secondary roads; encourage Division of Wildlife to utilize easements rather than fee-title acquisition; secure emergency funding in tough economic times for K-12 education; create a stable funding source for highways; protect law-abiding citizens from the Governor tramping on their gun rights; secure funding for community colleges; regulatory reform and removing regulations; drug testing as a condition of receiving government assistance; requirement that the Federal Government sell its lands in Colorado.
Jerry was born and raised in Sterling, Colorado graduating from Sterling High School. He married Vonnie Constance Sonnenberg, a teacher at Merino Elementary School, and together have four children; Ashley, and her husband Chad Renslow of Riverside, CA; Afton, her husband Russel Dains, their daughter, Cambrei and twins Caleb and Cailyn of Henderson, CO; Joshua, 22, a sophomore at Northeastern Junior College; and Ryan 18, a freshman at NJC.