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Gavin Newsom
Gavin Newsom.jpg
Lieutenant Governor of California
Incumbent
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorAbel Maldonado (R)
Compensation
Base salary$130,490
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,829,691
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
Mayor of San Francisco
2004 - 2011
Education
Bachelor'sSanta Clara University (1989)
Personal
BirthdayOctober 10, 1967
Place of birthSan Francisco, California
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Gavin Newsom is the 49th and current Democratic Lieutenant Governor of California. He was first elected lieutenant governor in 2010, having defeated six challengers in the November 2 general election.[1] California elects its lieutenant governor separately from the governor. Newsom had originally entered the race for Governor of California, but withdrew from that race on October 30, 2009 and turned his sights on the lieutenant governor's seat.[2]

Newsom assumed office on January 10, 2011, electing not to be sworn in on January 3 along with California's other state executive officers.[3] His first term will end in January 2014 and he is eligible for re-election.

Newsom is running for a second term as lieutenant governor in November 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Before becoming lieutenant governor, Newsom served from 2004 to 2010 as mayor of San Francisco. He was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 1998 to 2004 and sat on the city's Parking and Traffic Commission from 1996 to 1998. Before beginning his political career, he ran PlumbJack, a wine shop that grew into a network of 15 businesses.[4]

A January 2013 article in Governing named Newsom as one of the top state Democratic officials to watch in 2013.[5]

Biography

Newsom attended Santa Clara University for his undergraduate degree in Political Science. He graduated in 1989 and launched a business career. He founded and ran PlumbJack, a wine shop that grew into a network of 15 businesses.[1] His professional experience also includes work in orthotics sales and real estate.

Before running for Mayor of San Francisco, Newsom was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 1998 to 2004 and sat on the city's Parking and Traffic Commission from 1996 to 1998.[6]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, Political Science from Santa Clara University (1989)

Political career

California Lieutenant Governor (2011-present)

Newsom is the 49th Lieutenant Governor of California, elected in 2010. He assumed office on January 10, 2011, electing not to be sworn in on January 3 along with California's other state executive officers.[7] He will be up for re-election, if he chooses to run, in November 2014, and his term will end in January of the following year.

Marijuana legalization

On April 13, 2013 at the California Democratic Party convention, Newsom called for the legalization of marijuana, saying the war on drugs was "an abject failure." He stated, “It’s time to decriminalize, tax, and regulate marijuana.”[8]

Mayor of San Francisco (2004-2010)

Before becoming lieutenant governor, Newsom served from 2004 to 2010 as mayor of San Francisco.

Constitutional convention

Main article: California constitutional convention

Newsom has supported the idea of having a constitutional convention to alter the California Constitution. He would like such a convention to "repeal the two-thirds vote requirement to pass a budget so California won't have to issue IOUs."[9]

San Francisco ballot measures

During his time as Mayor of San Francisco, Newsom was frequently involved in advocating for or against policy-setting ballot measures on the San Francisco ballot.

Proposition L (2010)

See also: San Francisco Sit-Lie Ordinance, Proposition L (November 2010)

Proposition L was on the November 2, 2010 ballot, where it was approved. Known as the "Sit-Lie Ordinance", it restricts sitting or lying on sidewalks citywide from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Newsom was Proposition L's main sponsor and cheerleader.[10]

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

"Outgoing San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has moved more homeless people into supportive housing in his seven years in office than any other mayor in the city's history - and has one of the best track records of any mayor in the country on that score...'In terms of housing homeless people, he probably has the best record of any mayor in the history of the United States,' said Randy Shaw, who runs the Tenderloin Housing Clinic and operates many of Newsom's hotels for formerly homeless people."[10]

A different view came from Jennifer Friedenbach, director of the Coalition on Homelessness, who says that Newsom's tenure as mayor of San Francisco would be best remembered for his promotion of "mean-spirited ballot measures": "He's promoted hatred against homeless people. It's an endless list of divisive policies."[10]

Measure H (2008)

See also: San Francisco No Campaign Contributions from City Vendors Measure H (June 2008)

Newsom wrote Measure H, which was approved by San Francisco voters on June 3, 2008. Measure H prohibits local politicians from accepting campaign contributions from vendors who do business with the city and county of San Francisco. However, Measure H does not prohibit San Francisco politicians who ran for higher office from accepting contributions from corporations and developers who have business with the City of San Francisco, and Newsom, in his gubernatorial campaign, accepted donations from numerous groups and individuals who had business with the city.[11]

Examples of these donations included:

  • Ben Silverman gave more than $40,000 to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign between December 2008 and June 2009. Silverman was the co-chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment during that 7-month period. In those same months, Newsom's mayoral office "was successfully fighting the Board of Supervisors to get the NBC show "Trauma" a city tax rebate for filming in the city." Newsom's wife, actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom, was also given a part in Trauma's pilot episode.[11]
  • Developer Simon Snellgrove gave a donation to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign. Snellgrove owns the purchase rights to the 2.5-acre Golden Gateway Tennis and Swim Club on the northern waterfront, and planned to develop it into a luxury condominium project. His plans would require city and, ultimately, mayoral approval.[11]
  • A restaurant owner "who benefited from a mayoral veto to get around zoning regulations" subsequently gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign.
  • The president of Levi's gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign during a period in which Newsom's mayoral office was finding ways to persuade the company to stay in the city/[11]
  • The Deputy Sheriffs' Association gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign shortly before it entered into contract negotiations with the City of San Francisco.[11]
  • The president of AT&T gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign. AT&T has multiple contracts with the City of San Francisco.[11]

Elections

2014

See also: California lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Newsom is running for re-election as Lieutenant Governor of California in 2014.[12] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2010

See also: California lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

General election

On November 2, 2010, Newsom defeated six challengers in the general election for the office of lieutenant governor. California elects its lieutenant governor separately from the governor.[13] Newsom originally entered the race for Governor of California, withdrawing from that race on October 30, 2009.
2010 California lieutenant gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Gavin Newsom 50.12%
     Republican Party Abel Maldonado 39.94%
     Green Party James Castillo 1.67%
     Libertarian Party Pamela J. Brown 5.86%
     American Independent Party Jim King 1.88%
     Peace and Freedom Party C.T. Weber 1.19%
     NP Karen England 0.36%
Total Votes 9,813,130

Primary election

Newsom won the Democratic primary race with 55% of the vote.
2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Democrat Primary[14]
Candidates Percentage
Janice Hahn (D) 33.3%
Green check mark.jpg Gavin Newsom (D) 55.8%
Eric Korevaar (D) 10.9%
Total votes 2,346,324

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Newsom is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Newsom raised a total of $5,829,691 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[15]

Gavin Newsom's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Lieutenant Governor of California Not up for election $1,438,043
2010 Lieutenant Governor of California Won $4,391,648
Grand Total Raised $5,829,691

2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Gavin Newsom's donors each year.[16] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Newsom has a wife, Jennifer, and one child, named Montana.[6]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the California Lieutenant Governor, "About Gavin Newsom," accessed July 7, 2011.
  2. California Secretary of State, "Statement of Vote" November 2, 2010 General Election", updated November 8, 2010 at 11:51, accessed November 8, 2010, November 29, 2010, and December 21, 2010
  3. SFGate.com, "Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to be sworn in by Jan. 10," December 31, 2010.
  4. Office of the California Lieutenant Governor, "About Gavin Newsom," accessed July 7, 2011.
  5. Governing, "State Democratic Officials to Watch in 2013," January 25, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed September 24, 2012
  7. SFGate.com, "Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to be sworn in by Jan. 10," December 31, 2010.
  8. The Daily Chronic, "California Lt. Governor Newsom Calls for Legalizing Marijuana," April 15, 2013
  9. Mercury News, "Dan Walters: Picture is cloudy on desires for state government reform", October 17, 2009
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 KTVU, "Sit-Lie Ordinance Passes Committee But Expected To Fail", May 24, 2010
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 San Francisco Chronicle, "Newsom takes donations from S.F.'s contractors", October 13, 2009
  12. California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
  13. California Secretary of State, "Statement of Vote" November 2, 2010 General Election", updated November 8, 2010 at 11:51, accessed November 8, 2010, November 29, 2010, and December 21, 2010
  14. California Secretary of State, “Official Statement of Vote, Lieutenant Governor by County”
  15. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Gavin Newsom," accessed July 8, 2013
  16. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Abel Maldonado (R)
Lieutenant Governor of California
2011 - present
Succeeded by
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