Gavin Newsom
American mayor
Gavin Newsom
Gavin Christopher Newsom is an American politician who is the 49th and current Lieutenant Governor of California. Previously, he was the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco and was elected in 2003 to succeed Willie Brown, becoming San Francisco's youngest mayor in 100 years. Newsom was re-elected in 2007 with 72 percent of the vote. In 2010, Samepoint released a study that measured the social media influence of mayors around the country and ranked the top 100 most social mayors.
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California's New Attorney General Isn't Interested In Secession Talk
Huffington Post - 12 days
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Turning Protests Into Action With Technology
Huffington Post - 13 days
Tweet by tweet, post upon post, and petition after petition, Americans are voicing their views of government with the most powerful amplifier ever known: the Internet. Although we have lived with this tool for decades, the combined and continued acceleration of globalization and technology has opened the doors to government – while enabling fabricators of fake news – in ways that were inconceivable in the age of AOL dial-up. But how can we translate those clicks into consequences, and separate facts from fiction? Our statehouses and the people we put there to represent us have the potential to exert incredible influence. But accessing honest information about their actions on immigration, criminal justice reform, or other vital issues facing our communities is unnecessarily inaccessible to most Americans. Unless you have enough money to hire a lobbyist, which few people do, it’s easy to be cut out of the entire political process. Few people have the capacity to attend every hea ...
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Trump Attacks 'Out Of Control' California In Sanctuary Fight
Huffington Post - 14 days
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In the 2018 governor's race, Gavin Newsom leads the pack in fundraising
LATimes - 19 days
Essential Politics: State Senate committee moves to assist immigrants, what California's members of Congress are saying about Trump's executive order Feb. 1, 2017, 8:01 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right...
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Democratic Party Scrambles To Catch Up With The Anti-Trump Wave
Huffington Post - 22 days
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Dems Come Out To Airports Around The Country To Support Muslims, Refugees
Huffington Post - 23 days
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High-Profile Progressives Can Literally Drive Trump Bananas
Huffington Post - 26 days
Here's a known fact: President Donald Trump has a very, very fragile ego. There is no limit to his butthurt when challenged or mocked, and if you have a large platform, you're in a unique position to chip away at whatever shred of sanity he has left. Consider these points: White House sources recently told The Washington Post that Trump became "visibly enraged" after learning the Women's March dwarfed the crowd at his inauguration and that his joyful mood turned into "flashes of anger" less than 24-hours after he took office. It's also very clear Alec Baldwin has lodged himself under Donald Trump's thin skin, and he's only just getting started. Baldwin's portrayal of Trump on Saturday Night Live is not only awe-inspiring and hysterical, it's the perfect vehicle to showcase much-needed resistance, and most importantly, it drives Trump mad. We all know it drives him mad because he takes the bait and angry-tweets about it every time. When Congressman John Lewis said he would be ...
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Jerry Brown Throws Down The Gauntlet Against Trump: 'We Have To Live In The Truth'
Huffington Post - 27 days
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) delivered a searing rebuke of President Donald Trump’s worldview Tuesday, vowing to preserve the state’s progressive values in the face of the new administration and pressing Californians to demand the truth.  “Above all else, we have to live in the truth,” he cautioned, a clear reference to Trump’s many false assertions in recent days. “When the science is clear or when our own eyes tell us that the seats in this chamber are filled or that the sun is shining, we must say so, not construct some alternate universe of non-facts that we find more pleasing.” Without once mentioning the newly inaugurated president by name, Brown used his annual State of the State address to challenge Trump and his proposed policies. Rather than focusing on the state’s progress over the last year, as he did in previous addresses, the governor took a wider lens Tuesday, arguing that California must lead the resistance against Trump and his administration ...
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California Can Stop Trump's Wall In Court, Warns State Official
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California’s lieutenant governor has warned that the state can use an environmental lawsuit to block President-elect Donald Trump’s efforts to build a border wall. The state could sue under the California Environmental Quality Act or its federal equivalent to stop the wall, a proposal that Gavin Newsom called “laughable” in an interview on the Golden State podcast. “There’s something called CEQA in California — there’s NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] at the federal level,” said Newson, who’s running for governor in 2018. “There’s indigenous lands and autonomies as it relates to governance on those lands. There are all kinds of obstructions as it relates to just getting zoning approval and getting building permits. All those things could be made very, very challenging for the administration.” That’s “just simply never going to happen,” Newsom said of the wall. “It’s logistically impossible. It’s a laughable proposal that somehow Mexico’s going to pay for it. It’s jus ...
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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom calls for reforms at Cal State following NCAA sanctions at CSUN
LATimes - 2 months
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday called on California State University schools to reform their athletic departments two days after the NCAA penalized Cal State Northridge for academic fraud. Newsom called the sanctions "a wakeup call." In report made public Wednesday, the NCAA found that a men’s...
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'You live in some fantasy land': Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom receives flood of criticism on gun and marijuana initiatives
LATimes - 5 months
Essential Politics: Gov. Brown rejects additional money for costs of San Bernardino attack, signs bill to outlaw possession of synthetic 'spice' drug Sept. 26, 2016, 2:42 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:This...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gavin Newsom
  • 2016
    Age 48
    On February 26, 2016 the Newsoms announced the birth of their fourth child, Dutch.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Newsom and his family moved out of San Francisco and bought a house in Kentfield, California. The house is a mid-century home on 1.38 acres. It also hosts direct views of Mount Tamalpais. Newsom bought it for $2.145 million.
  • 2015
    Age 47
    In December 2015, Newsom called on the University of California to reclassify computer science courses as a core academic class in order to incentivize more high schools to offer computer science curriculum.
    More Details Hide Details In 2016, the Lieutenant Governor passed a series of reforms at the University of California to provide student-athletes with additional academic and injury-related support, and to ensure that contracts for athletic directors and coaches emphasized academic progress. This came in response to several athletics programs, including the University of California, Berkeley's football team, which garnered the lowest graduation rates in the country. Newsom was baptized and reared Roman Catholic. He describes himself as an "Irish Catholic rebel in some respects, but one that still has tremendous admiration for the Church and very strong faith." When asked about the current state of the Catholic Church, he said the church was in crisis. Newsom said he stays with the Church because of his "strong connection to a greater purpose, and... higher being " Newsom identifies himself as a practicing Catholic, stating that he has a "strong sense of faith that is perennial: day in and day out."
    In July 2015, Newsom released the final report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, which he had convened with the American Civil Liberties Union of California in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The report's recommendations to regulate marijuana were intended to inform a legalization measure on the November 2016 ballot.
    In 2015, Newsom partnered with the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at California Polytechnic State University to launch Digital Democracy, an online tool that uses facial and voice recognition to enable users to navigate California legislative proceedings.
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    On February 11, 2015, Newsom announced that he was opening a campaign account for governor in the 2018 elections, allowing him to raise funds for a campaign to succeed Jerry Brown as the fortieth Governor of California.
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    His second term began on January 5, 2015; the same date when Governor Brown was sworn in for a second term after his re-election.
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  • 2014
    Age 46
    On November 4, 2014, Newsom was re-elected as lieutenant governor of California, defeating Republican Ron Nehring with 57.2% of the vote.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    Newsom released his first book, Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government, on February 7, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The book discusses the Gov 2. movement that is taking place across the United States. Following the release of Citizenville, Newsom began to work with the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society at the University of California, Berkeley on the California Report Card (CRC). The CRC is a mobile-optimized platform that allows California residents to "grade" their state on six timely issues. The CRC exemplifies ideas presented in Newsom's Citizenville, encouraging direct public involvement in government affairs via modern technology.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    In 2012, Newsom drew criticism for his negative view of California's state capital Sacramento.
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    In May 2012, Newsom debuted on Current TV as the host of The Gavin Newsom Show.
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    Siebel gave birth to a son, Hunter Siebel Newsom, on June 12, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Daughter Brooklynn was born July 3, 2013.
    Newsom was sworn in as lieutenant governor on January 10, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The one-week delay was to ensure that a successor as mayor of San Francisco was chosen before he left office. Edwin M. Lee, the city administrator, took office the day after Newsom was sworn in as lieutenant governor.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    He received the Democratic nomination in June, and won the election on November 2, 2010.
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    In February 2010, Newsom filed initial paperwork to run for lieutenant governor, and officially announced his candidacy in March.
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    In 2010, Newsom was named "America's Most Social Mayor" by Samepoint, based on analysis of the social media profiles of mayors from the 100 largest cities in the United States.
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    He was elected Lieutenant Governor of California in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2015, Newsom announced he was opening a committee to run for Governor of California in 2018. Gavin Christopher Newsom was born in San Francisco, California, to Tessa Thomas (Menzies) and William Alfred Newsom III, a retired state appeals court justice and attorney for Getty Oil. He is a fourth-generation San Franciscan. His father is of Irish descent, while one of his maternal great-grandfathers, Scotsman Thomas Addis, was a pioneer scientist in the field of nephrology and a professor of medicine at Stanford University. Newsom is the second cousin, twice removed, of musician Joanna Newsom.
  • 2009
    Age 41
    In September 2009, Siebel gave birth to a girl, Montana Tessa Newsom.
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    In October 2009, Newsom dropped out of the gubernatorial race.
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    In September 2009, he received the endorsement of former president Bill Clinton.
    More Details Hide Details During the campaign, Newsom remarked that, if elected, he'd like to be referred to as "The Gavinator" (a reference to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's nickname, "The Governator"). Throughout the campaign, however, Newsom suffered low poll numbers, trailing Democratic frontrunner Jerry Brown by more than 20 points in most polls.
    In April 2009, Newsom announced his intention to run for governor of California in the 2010 election.
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    In 2009, Newsom received the Leadership for Healthy Communities Award along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City and three other public officials for his commitment to making healthful food and physical activity options more accessible to children and families.
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    In 2009, Newsom came under attack for the City of San Francisco's policy of illegally harboring juvenile criminal aliens.
    More Details Hide Details The city was circumventing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by harboring or sending the aliens back to their own native countries. In 2010, Newsom was removed from the San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee. SFCDCC chairman Aaron Peskin said that Newsom no longer resided in the city and therefore did not deserve a seat on the committee.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    During the 2008 election, Newsom was a prominent and vocal opponent of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to reverse the California Supreme Court ruling that there was a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
    More Details Hide Details In the months leading up to election day, Proposition 8 supporters released a commercial featuring Newsom saying the following words in a speech regarding same-sex marriage: "This door's wide open now. It's going to happen, whether you like it or not." Some observers noted that polls shifted in favor of Proposition 8 following the release of the commercial; this, in turn, led to speculation that Newsom unwittingly played a role in the passage of the amendment.
    For example, in 2008, he hosted the Urban Rural Roundtable to explore ways to promote regional food development and increased access to healthy affordable food, and he secured $8 million in federal and local funds for the Better Streets program, which ensures that public health perspectives are fully integrated into urban planning processes.
    More Details Hide Details He also signed a menu-labeling bill into law, requiring that chain restaurants print nutrition information on their menus.
  • 2007
    Age 39
    As mayor, Newsom focused on development projects in Hunters Point and Treasure Island. He signed the Health Choices Plan in 2007 to provide San Francisco residents with universal healthcare.
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    He won re-election on November 6, 2007 with over 72% of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details Upon taking office for a second term, Newsom promised to focus on the environment, homelessness, health care, education, housing, and rebuilding San Francisco General Hospital.
    The San Francisco Chronicle declared in August 2007 that Newsom faced no "serious threat to his reelection bid."
    More Details Hide Details Newsom raised $1.6 million for his reelection campaign by early August.
    When the August 10, 2007, filing deadline passed, the discussion around San Francisco shifted to talk about Newsom's second term.
    More Details Hide Details He was challenged in the election by 13 candidates that included George Davis, a nudist activist, and Michael Powers, owner of the Power Exchange sex club. Conservative former supervisor Tony Hall withdrew by early September due to lack of support.
    In January 2007, it was revealed that Newsom had a romantic relationship in mid-2005 with Ruby Rippey-Tourk, the wife of his former deputy chief of staff and then campaign manager, Alex Tourk.
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    Newsom was re-elected in 2007 with 72 percent of the vote.
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    Newsom has been involved in controversial and high-profile relationships, including his former marriage to Fox News contributor Kimberly Guilfoyle and an infidelity scandal in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details His political career highlights include his advocacy for same-sex marriage and the legalization of cannabis in the United States.
  • 2006
    Age 38
    In September 2006, Newsom began dating actress Jennifer Siebel after being set up for a blind date by a mutual friend, Kathy Wilsey. In December 2007 their engagement was announced, and they were married in Stevensville, Montana, in July 2008.
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  • 2005
    Age 37
    In 2005, Newsom was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
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    In January 2005, they jointly filed for divorce, citing "difficulties due to their careers on opposite coasts."
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  • 2004
    Age 36
    In August 2004, the Supreme Court of California annulled the marriages that Newsom had authorized, as they conflicted with state law at that time.
    More Details Hide Details Still, Newsom's unexpected move brought national attention to the issues of gay marriage, solidifying political support for Newsom in San Francisco and in the gay community.
    In 2004, Newsom gained national attention when he directed the San Francisco city–county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in violation of the then-current state law.
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    In 2004, Newsom gained national attention when he directed the San Francisco city–county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in violation of the state law passed in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Implementation of Care Not Cash began on July 1, 2004. As part of his Care Not Cash initiative, 5,000 more homeless people were given permanent shelter in the city. As of October 21, 2007, about 2,000 people have been placed into permanent housing with support. Other programs initiated by Newsom to end chronic homelessness include the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SF HOT), and Project Homeless Connect (PHC). On October 27, 2004, during a strike by hotel workers on a dozen San Francisco hotels, Newsom joined UNITE HERE union members on a picket line in front of the Westin St. Francis Hotel. He vowed that the city would boycott the hotels by not sponsoring city events in any of them until the hotels agreed to a contract with workers. The contract dispute was settled in September 2006. Newsom's support of the workers angered some businesses who had been traditional Newsom backers.
    Newsom was sworn in as mayor on January 3, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He called for unity among the city's political factions and promised to address the issues of potholes, public schools, and affordable housing. Newsom said he was "a different kind of leader" who "isn't afraid to solve even the toughest problems." San Francisco's progressive community attempted to find a candidate to run a strong campaign against Newsom. Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Chris Daly considered running against Newsom, but both declined. Matt Gonzalez also decided not to challenge Newsom.
    Newsom sold his share of his San Francisco businesses when he became mayor in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He maintained his ownership in the PlumpJack companies outside San Francisco that included the PlumpJack Winery in Oakville, California, new PlumpJack-owned Cade Winery in Angwin, California, and the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. He is currently the president in absentia of Airelle Wines Inc., which is connected to the PlumpJack Winery in Napa County. Newsom earned between $141,000 and $251,000 in 2007 from his business interests. In February 2006 he paid $2,350,000 for his residence in the Russian Hill neighborhood, which he put on the market in April 2009 for $2,995,000.
  • 2003
    Age 35
    Newsom placed first in the November 4, 2003, general election in a nine-man field.
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    The successfully passed ballot measure raised the political profile of Gavin Newsom and provided the volunteers, donors and campaign staff, which helped make him a leading contender for the mayorship in 2003.
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    In 2003, he was elected as the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, the city's youngest in a hundred years.
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  • 2001
    Age 33
    In December 2001, Newsom married Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former San Francisco prosecutor and legal commentator for Court TV, CNN, and MSNBC and who is now a prominent personality on Fox News Channel.
    More Details Hide Details The couple married at Saint Ignatius Catholic Church on the campus of the University of San Francisco, where Guilfoyle attended law school. The couple appeared in the September 2004 issue of Harper's Bazaar, a fashion magazine, in a spread of them at the Getty mansion with the title the "New Kennedys."
  • 2000
    Age 32
    The race was partisan with attacks against Gonzalez for his support of Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential election and attacks against Newsom for contributing $500 to a Republican slate mailer in 2000 that endorsed issues Newsom supported. Democratic leadership felt that they needed to reinforce San Francisco as a Democratic stronghold after losing the 2000 presidential election and the 2003 recall election to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    More Details Hide Details National figures from the Democratic Party, including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Jesse Jackson, campaigned on Newsom's behalf. Five supervisors endorsed Gonzalez while Newsom received the endorsement of Willie Brown. Newsom won the runoff race, capturing 53 percent of the vote to Gonzalez's 47 percent and winning by 11,000 votes. Newsom ran as a business-friendly centrist Democrat and a moderate in San Francisco politics; some of his opponents called him conservative. Newsom claimed he was a centrist in the Dianne Feinstein mold. He ran on the slogan "great cities, great ideas" and presented over 21 policy papers. Newsom pledged to continue working on San Francisco's homelessness issue.
  • 1999
    Age 31
    Newsom sponsored a ballot measure from Rescue Muni; a version of the measure was approved by voters in November 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Newsom also supported allowing restaurants to serve alcohol at their outdoor tables, banning tobacco advertisements visible from the streets, stiffer penalties for landlords, and a resolution to commend Colin Powell for raising money for youth programs that was defeated. Newsom's support for business interests at times strained his relationship with labor leaders. During Newsom's time as supervisor, he was pro-development and for smart growth along with being "anti-handout." He supported housing projects through public–private partnerships to increase homeownership and affordable housing in San Francisco. Newsom supported HOPE, a failed local ballot measure that would have allowed an increased condo-conversion rate if a certain percentage of tenants within a building were buying their units. As a candidate for mayor, he supported building 10,000 new housing units to create 15,000 new construction jobs. As supervisor, Newsom had as his centerpiece a voter initiative called Care Not Cash (Measure N), which offered care, supportive housing, drug treatment, and help from behavioral health specialists for the homeless in lieu of direct cash aid from the state's general assistance program. Many homeless rights advocates protested against Care Not Cash.
    In 1999, San Francisco's voters chose to exchange at-large elections to the board for the previous district system and Newsom was reelected in 2000 and in 2002 to represent District 2, which includes the Pacific Heights, Marina, Cow Hollow, Sea Cliff, and Laurel Heights.
    More Details Hide Details He faced no opposition in his 2002 reelection. His district had the highest income level and the highest Republican registration in San Francisco. In 2000, Newsom paid $500 to the San Francisco Republican Party to be on the party's endorsement slate.
  • 1998
    Age 30
    As supervisor, Newsom gained public attention for his role in advocating reform of the city's Municipal Railway (Muni). He was one of two supervisors endorsed by Rescue Muni, a transit riders group, in his 1998 reelection.
    More Details Hide Details He sponsored Proposition B to require Muni and other city departments to develop detailed customer service plans. The measure passed with 56.6% of the vote.
    Newsom was subsequently elected to a full four-year term to the board in 1998.
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  • 1996
    Age 28
    In 1996, Mayor Brown appointed Newsom to a vacant seat on the Parking and Traffic Commission, and he was later elected president of the commission.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, Brown appointed him to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors seat vacated by Kevin Shelley. At the time, he became the youngest member of San Francisco's board of supervisors and also the board's only heterosexual Caucasian male. Newsom was sworn in by his father and pledged to bring his business experience to the board. Willie Brown called Newsom "part of the future generation of leaders of this great city." Newsom described himself as a "social liberal and a fiscal watchdog."
    Newsom studied at Redwood High School and graduated from Santa Clara University. After graduation, he co-founded businesses with family friend Gordon Getty, who was an investor. Newsom began his political career in 1996 when San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown appointed him to serve on the city's Parking and Traffic Commission and as a member of the Board of Supervisors the following year.
    More Details Hide Details Newsom drew voter attention with his Care Not Cash program, which was designed to move homeless people into city-assisted care.
  • 1995
    Age 27
    Newsom's first political experience came when he volunteered for Willie Brown's successful campaign for mayor in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Newsom hosted a private fundraiser at his PlumpJack Café.
  • 1993
    Age 25
    Between 1993 and 2000, Newsom and his investors opened several other businesses that included the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn with a PlumpJack Café (1994), the Napa Valley winery (1995), the Balboa Café Bar and Grill (1995), the PlumpJack Development Fund L.P. (1996), the MatrixFillmore Bar (1998), PlumpJack Wines shop Noe Valley branch (1999), PlumpJackSport retail clothing (2000), and a second Balboa Café at Squaw Valley (2000).
    More Details Hide Details Newsom's investments included five restaurants and two retail clothing stores. Newsom's annual income was greater than $429,000 from 1996 to 2001. In 2002, his business holdings were valued at more than $6.9 million. Newsom gave a monthly $50 gift certificate to PlumpJack Café employees whose business ideas failed, because in his view, "There can be no success without failure."
  • 1991
    Age 23
    On May 14, 1991, Newsom and his investors created the company PlumpJack Associates L.P. In 1992, the group started the PlumpJack Winery with the financial help of his family friend Gordon Getty.
    More Details Hide Details PlumpJack was the name of an opera written by Getty, who invested in 10 of Newsom's 11 businesses. Getty told the San Francisco Chronicle that he treated Newsom like a son and invested in his first business venture because of that relationship. According to Getty, later business investments were because of "the success of the first." One of Newsom's early interactions with government occurred when Newsom resisted the San Francisco Health Department requirement to install a sink at his PlumpJack Winery. The Health Department argued that wine was a food. The department required the store to install a $27,000 sink in the carpeted wine shop on the grounds that the shop needed the sink for a mop. When Newsom was later appointed supervisor, he told the San Francisco Examiner: "That's the kind of bureaucratic malaise I'm going to be working through."
  • 1989
    Age 21
    Newsom attended Santa Clara University on a partial baseball scholarship and student loans, where he graduated in 1989 with a B.S. in political science.
    More Details Hide Details Newsom was a left-handed pitcher for Santa Clara, but he threw his arm out after two years and hasn't thrown a baseball since. He lived in the Alameda Apartments, which he later compared to living in a hotel. He later reflected on his education fondly, crediting the Jesuit approach of Santa Clara that he said has helped him become an independent thinker who questions orthodoxy. Newsom spent a semester studying abroad in Rome.
  • 1985
    Age 17
    Newsom graduated from Redwood High School in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details He played basketball and baseball in high school. Newsom was an outfielder in baseball. His baseball skills placed him on the cover of the Marin Independent Journal. Newsom's childhood friend Derek Smith recalled Newsom as "one of the hardest working players on the team who became a great player because of his effort, instead of his natural abilities." Newsom's father attended his games with San Francisco politicians that included John Burton and Quentin Kopp. Newsom's father had ties to several other local politicians. Newsom's aunt was married to Ron Pelosi, the brother-in-law of former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Newsom's father was also a friend of Governor Jerry Brown. Tessa Newsom worked three jobs to support Gavin and his sister Hilary Newsom Callan, who is the president of the PlumpJack Group, named after the opera Plump Jack composed by family friend Gordon Getty. In an interview with The San Francisco Chronicle, his sister recalled Christmas holidays when their mother told them there wouldn't be any gifts. Tessa opened their home to foster children, instilling in Newsom the importance of public service. His father's finances were strapped in part because of his tendency to give away his earnings. Newsom worked several jobs in high school to help support his family.
  • 1972
    Age 4
    Newsom's parents separated when he was 2 and divorced in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details At age 10, Newsom moved with his mother and sister, to nearby Marin County. In May 2002, his mother died after a five-year fight with breast cancer. While Newsom later reflected that he did not have an easy childhood, he attended kindergarten and first grade at the French American bilingual school in San Francisco. He eventually transferred because of severe dyslexia that still affects him. His dyslexia has made it difficult for him to write, spell, read and work with numbers. He attended third through fifth grades at Notre Dame des Victoires, where he was placed in remedial reading classes.
  • 1967
    Born on October 10, 1967.
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