Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom was elected as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of the State of California on November 2, 2010. His top priorities are economic development and job creation, improving access to higher education, and bolstering California’s environmental leadership.

Newsom came from a successful background in both the private sector, starting 15 small businesses and creating more than 1,000 jobs, and local government, having served as a Supervisor, and later, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco.

Lieutenant Governor
California is a place of limitless economic opportunity, but that doesn’t mean our work is done.
As Lieutenant Governor, Newsom is working with local leaders and California businesses to cement our status as one of the 10 largest economies in the world. California is a place where high tech comes to take flight, where our creative workforce entertains and connects the world, and where our agricultural products feed America.

Lt. Gov. Newsom is the chief architect of California’s Economic Growth and Competitiveness Agenda, a blueprint for continued economic growth. It charts a path for better infrastructure, a focus on manufacturing, building up exports and other pillars of California’s success.

Doing so requires a land use policy that balances short-term gain with long-term preservation. As a member of the State Lands Commission, Gavin Newsom is working towards exactly that, so economic growth is balanced with smart, future-oriented development of our local resources.

Building an economy that lifts everyone up means building a workforce that’s prepared to step into the jobs of tomorrow, a mission Gavin Newsom works toward as a member of the State Job Training Coordinating Council. It also means making education accessible and affordable to all, which is a key priority for his service as a Regent of the University of California system and a Trustee of the California State University system. In 2012, he was the only UC Regent to vote against a tuition hike.

As the author of Citizenville, Lt. Gov. Newsom is leading the way toward a state government that is more open, transparent, and accessible to all Californians.

Personal
Newsom is married to Jennifer Siebel Newsom. They reside in Marin County with their three children Montana, Hunter and Brooklynn.

The son of William and Tessa Newsom, he grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Santa Clara University on a partial baseball scholarship, graduating in 1989 with a B.A. in political science.

After college, Newsom sold orthotics and worked as an assistant at a real estate firm. In 1991, Newsom recruited investors and founded PlumpJack, a wine shop, which he grew into a thriving enterprise of 15 businesses including wineries, restaurants, and hotels.

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