Jerry Sturgill is an Idaho native, the oldest of six children raised in Twin Falls, Idaho by Gene and Bev Sturgill.
As a junior high student, he worked as a lecturer of astronomy at Twin Falls’ renowned Herrett Planetarium. In high school, he attended Boys’ State and Boys’ Nation.
After a summer working for the United States Department of Agriculture, he attended and later graduated with honors from Brigham Young University. While at BYU, he studied English, Economics and French and was an Idaho Rhodes Scholar finalist.
For two years he stepped away from college to respond to a call to serve a mission for the LDS church in Quebec. After his mission, he earned his way through the rest of college working summers as a professional guide on the Middle-Fork of the Salmon, the Main Salmon and Selway rivers of Idaho.
After college, Jerry attended and received a Juris Doctorate, with honors, from BYU Law School. During law school, he served as executive editor of the BYU Law Review and after law school, clerked for one year for Judge Eugene Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Following his clerkship, he joined the international law firm, Latham & Watkins, where he spent the greater part of his legal career in the firm’s New York City offices. There he led the firm’s New York banking and finance practice.
In 1995, following his mother’s initial battle with cancer, Jerry left the Latham partnership and, with his young family, returned home to Idaho, so his children could be closer to grandparents.
He became a partner in the Boise office of Stoel Rives LLLP and led its Idaho corporate practice. There he worked on the acquisition and financing of power projects and privatized electrical utilities in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and Australia.
In 1997, Jerry co-founded the financial advisory firm, Outlook Capital, where he led the firm’s private equity practice and helped manage its portfolio companies. Outlook was registered with the NASD and SEC as a broker-dealer and was the first M&A-focused firm so qualified in Idaho.
Between 2001 and 2003, while continuing to be a Managing Partner of Outlook Capital, he served as the turnaround CEO of a 500-employee, regional armored transit and ATM servicing company. That firm ultimately was acquired by Loomis, Inc.
In 2010, Jerry became a Managing Director of Headwaters MB, a Denver-based broker-dealer and merchant bank. Headwaters advises entrepreneurs, corporations and business-owning families to help their businesses grow, be recapitalized and otherwise to achieve liquidity events.
Jerry and his wife Kris have been life-long community activists. Jerry has served for many years as a trustee and chairman of the board of the Riverstone International School. He has also served as a Bishop in the LDS Church (the pastoral leader of his congregation); a member of the board of the Idaho Conservation League; treasurer of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center; a member of the advisory board of the Boise State University College of Business & Economics; a member of the advisory board of the ground-breaking BSU Venture College, helping student entrepreneurs; and, recently, as a member of the board of the Interfaith Sanctuary.
In the 2016 U.S. election, Jerry was the Idaho Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, running against long-time Republican incumbent, Senator Mike Crapo.
Jerry and Kris have three grown children, plus a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law, and live in Boise, Idaho.