Jerry Sonnenberg is a Colorado native who has been farming and ranching since 1979. Because of his agriculture background and experience in Colorado’s land and water issues, Jerry has previously served on the Colorado Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Republican River Conservation District Board of Directors, and on Colorado Water Congress Policy Committee. Jerry also held the position of President for the Coloradan’s for Conservation and Development.
After his first three years in the Legislature, he was awarded the “Colorado Farm Bureau Pinnacle Award”; “2008 Colorado Representative Of The Year” awarded by Green Industries of Colorado; twice he has garnered the ” Guardian of the Taxpayers” by the Colorado Union of Taxpayers; he has been awarded the “Common Sense In The Courtroom” four consecutive years awarded by the Colorado Civil Justice League; “Legislator of the Year” awarded twice by both Colorado Association of Conservation Districts and Colorado Corn Growers. Sonnenberg was also awarded “Friend of Farmers Union” by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Legislator of the Year from the Colorado Outfitters Association.
As a father of four, Jerry is a strong advocate for youth programs and education. He has been a substitute teacher at Sterling schools as well as a part time instructor in the Farm Business Management department at Northeastern Junior College for two years. Jerry has held the position of Chairman for the Colorado preschool pilot program as well as serving on the Sterling Schools Building Accountability Committee.
As a businessman, Jerry has held many positions in conjunction with operating his 2500 acre family farm and managing the family cattle operation. He has managed his family owned-and-operated trucking business, been supervisor of a technical support staff for a software company, photographer for local newspapers, funeral home assistant and truck driver.
Jerry has proven his leadership abilities through positions such as President of Logan County Farm Bureau, Chairman of Logan County Right to Farm Committee, Director of music ministry at First Christian Church in Sterling and Choir Director at Berean Church in Sterling. Previous committees he has diligently worked on are numerous American Farm Bureau advisory boards, Colorado Young Farmers and the Logan County Planning Commission. Organizations he is currently a member of are the Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Cattleman’s Association and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.
Jerry grew up in Sterling, Colorado graduating from Sterling High School and attending Northeastern Junior College. He married Vonnie Constance, a teacher at Merino Elementary School, and together has four children; Ashley, and her husband Chad Renslow; Afton, her husband Russel Dains and their daughter, Cambrei born August 19, 2010; Joshua, 20, a sophomore at Northeastern Junior College; and Ryan 16, a junior at Sterling High School.