Gavin Newsom Biography

Gavin Newsom is a businessman and American politician who served as the 40th governor of California since 2019. Prior to that, he was the 49th lieutenant governor of California, from 2011 to 2019, and also served as the mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011.

He is a member of the Democratic party since he began his Political journey in 1996 when San Francisco mayor at that time Willie Brown appointed him to the city’s Parking and Traffic Commission.

He owns a company called PlumpJack Group he founded with a family friend, Gordon Getty. The company manages 23 businesses which include restaurants, hotels, and wineries.

Here is a brief biography of Gavin Newsom who is running for re-election as Governor of California and will be on the ballot in the upcoming general election.

Full NameGavin Christopher Newsom
Age55 years old
PartyDemocratic Party
HometownSan Francisco, California
ProfessionPolitician & Businessman

Gavin Newsom Early Life and Education

Gavin Newsom was born on the 10th of October 1967 to the family of Mr. & Mrs.Newsom. His father William Alfred III was the attorney for Getty Oil and a state appeals court judge and his mum was Tessa Thomas (nèe Menzies).

In 1972, Gavin’s parents got divorced and at that time he was only 5 years of age. This didn’t make his childhood any easier, as he confessed to having dyslexia during his early years.

Throughout his schooling, Gavin had to rely on audiobooks, informal verbal instructions, and digest, because his ability to read, write, spell, and even work with numbers was affected. Even up to now, he prefers his documents and reports interpreted through audio.

Gavin attended Notres Dame des Victoires, A French-American Bilingual School in San Francisco, for his kindergarten and elementary school and was placed on remedial reading classes.

He graduated high school in 1985, from Redwood High School, where he played Basketball as a shooting guard and Baseball as an outfielder. He was a very good player and was once on the cover of Marin Independent Journal.

He later went on to attend Santa Clara Univerisity on a partial Baseball scholarship, where he played as a left-handed pitcher until he threw out his arm after 2 years in school.

He graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, and strongly credits Santa Clara Jesuit approach which helped him become an independent thinker questioning orthodoxy.

While growing up, his mother Tessa had to work three jobs to provide for him and his sister Hillary Newsom-Callan, and Gavin even had to work several jobs in high school to support the family. This is also because his father’s finances were partly strapped because of the tendency for him to give away his earnings.

But regardless, Tessa taught both her children the importance of public service and helping the needy, as she would on several occasions open her doors to foster children.

After College, Gavin started a company called PlumpJack Association LP in May 1991, with the financial aid of a family friend Gordon Getty. The company was named after an Opera Getty wrote called PlumpJack, as he invested in 10 of Gavin’s 11 ideas.

According to what Getty told San Francisco Chronicles, he always treated Gavin as a son and invested in his first business idea. After the success of the first business idea which was PlumpJack wineries opened in 1992, Getty could confidently invest in Gavin’s other ideas.

In a short while their investment had already become an enterprise with more than 700 employees, and soon he had branches and other ventures all over the country. In 2002, his business holdings were worth over $6.9 million.

Gavin Newsom’s Political Career

In 1995, Gavin volunteered for Willie Brown’s campaign for mayor, hosting a private fundraiser at his PlumpJack cafe. After the success of the campaign in 1996, Wille offered Gavin a vacant seat at the Parking and Traffic Commission.

After a year at the office, Willie reappointed him to a just vacated seat by Kevin Shelley at the San Francisco Board in 1997, becoming the youngest member of the board.

Gavin describes himself politically as a “social liberal and fiscal watchdog” and Willie named him part of the future of the great city. During his time as a supervisor, Gavin became famous and well-known by the people, especially because of his role in advocating for the city’s Municipal Railway (Muni) reform.

In 2003, Gavin ran for mayor and came out with 53% of the vote while his close competition Gonzalez had 47% making him the winner with a margin of 11,000 Boyes despite their backlash due to previous support of political matters.

He was sworn in in 2004, and called for unity among all political factions and promised to solve issues like schools and creating affordable housing. In August 2007, it was declared that Gavin faced no serious threat, raising over $1.6million in his reelection campaign, and in November, he was reelected with over 72% of the votes.

Gavin gained more national attention in 2004 when he told the San Francisco city clerk to start issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same sex.

In April 2009, Gavin announced his interest in running for Governor but repacked out in October due to his low polling numbers. In June the next year, he announced he would be Hong for lieutenant governor instead, receiving the Democratic nomination in June, and went on to win the election in November 2010.

He was reelected as lieutenant governor in November 2014, he ran to succeed Bown as governor of California and defeated republican John.H.Cox in November 6 general election.


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