Public and Government Relations Manager

Mike Jensen joined the Merced Irrigation District in January 2011. His responsibilities include keeping the public, government entities and elected officials informed of the District’s policy positions, goals and interests. He is additionally responsible for assisting in tracking legislation affecting the utility and advocating MID’s policy interests.

Mr. Jensen began his career writing free-lance articles for the Fresno Bee during his senior year of college. He took his first full-time journalism position at the Sonora Union Democrat, covering environmental issues for the daily newspaper. During that time, he was awarded two first-place environmental reporting awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. He went on to work for the Merced Sun-Star newspaper as a senior government reporter and later as an editor. He then went on to work many years in the United States Congress as a senior staff member for Congressman Dennis Cardoza, both in the San Joaquin Valley and in Washington, DC at the US Capitol.

Mr. Jensen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an Associate Degree of Science from College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Prior to attending college, Mr. Jensen served in the United States Navy and was stationed with an F/A-18 squadron at Lemoore Naval Air Station. He deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1994 and served as a crew member aboard the flightdeck of an aircraft carrier supporting the No-Fly Zone over southern Iraq following the first Gulf War.

Outside of MID, Mr. Jensen continues to serve on a host of nonprofit boards and policy committees. He currently serves on the Castle Air Museum Board of Directors and is a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Merced County Association of Governments. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Kids Discovery Station in Merced. He has previously served as Chairman of the Merced City Recreation and Parks Commission, as well as Chair of the Resources Committee for CASA of Merced County, a nonprofit which works to improve the lives of local foster youth. Mr. Jensen lives in Chowchilla with his wife, Megan, and their son.

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