|Lieutenant Governor of California|
|January 10, 2011 - Present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Abel Maldonado (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|Mayor of San Francisco|
|2004 - 2011|
|Bachelor's||Santa Clara University|
A January 2013 article in Governing named Newsom as one of the top state Democratic officials to watch in 2013.
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. 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.
- Bachelor's degree, Political Science from Santa Clara University (1989)
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. 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.
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.”
Mayor of San Francisco (2004-2010)
Before becoming lieutenant governor, Newsom served from 2004 to 2010 as mayor of San Francisco.
- 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." 
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)
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.
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."
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."
Measure H (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.
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.
- 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.
- 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/
- The Deputy Sheriffs' Association gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign shortly before it entered into contract negotiations with the City of San Francisco.
- The president of AT&T gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign. AT&T has multiple contracts with the City of San Francisco.
- 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. Newsom originally entered the race for Governor of California, withdrawing from that race on October 30, 2009.
|2010 California lieutenant gubernatorial general election|
|Democratic Party||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%|
- Newsom won the Democratic primary race with 55% of the vote.
|2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Democrat Primary|
|Janice Hahn (D)||33.3%|
|Gavin Newsom (D)||55.8%|
|Eric Korevaar (D)||10.9%|
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. Click [show] for more information.
|Gavin Newsom's Campaign Contributions|
California Lieutenant Governor
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,065,794 (Republican)|
|Top 5 contributors||California Democratic Party||$814,522|
|California School Employees Association||$25,800|
|Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters||$25,800|
|California Teachers Association||$25,800|
|California Faculty Association||$25,800|
Newsom has a wife, Jennifer, and one child, named Montana.
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- California enrolls 107000 in Obamacare policies through November - Los Angeles Times
- Sacramento Spotlight: Comprehensive Good Governance Reform Part 3 ... - Fox and Hounds Daily
- 56% Of California Voters Want To Legalize Pot - LAist
- Newsom lauds policy proposal in UC Berkeley students' final project - Daily Californian
- Covered California action raises privacy concerns - San Francisco Chronicle
- LGBTs mourn Mandela - Bay Area Reporter
- HOME ENERGY: CalPoly snags $750000 grant to blaze new frontier in wave ... - Press-Enterprise (blog)
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- Official website
- Gavin Newsom campaign website
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Gavin Newsom on Facebook
- Gavin Newsom on Twitter
- Gavin Newsom on YouTube
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Office of the California Lieutenant Governor, "About Gavin Newsom," accessed July 7, 2011.
- ↑ Governing, "State Democratic Officials to Watch in 2013," January 25, 2013
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed September 24, 2012
- ↑ SFGate.com, "Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to be sworn in by Jan. 10," December 31, 2010.
- ↑ The Daily Chronic, "California Lt. Governor Newsom Calls for Legalizing Marijuana," April 15, 2013
- ↑ Mercury News, "Dan Walters: Picture is cloudy on desires for state government reform", October 17, 2009
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 KTVU, "Sit-Lie Ordinance Passes Committee But Expected To Fail", May 24, 2010
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 San Francisco Chronicle, "Newsom takes donations from S.F.'s contractors", October 13, 2009
- ↑ California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
- ↑ 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
- ↑ California Secretary of State, “Official Statement of Vote, Lieutenant Governor by County”
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
Abel Maldonado (R)
|Lieutenant Governor of California
2011 - present
| Succeeded by|