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Gavin Newsom


Picture of Gavin Newsom
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-2010 Democratic Lieutenant Governor 4918158 Win
11-04-2014 Democratic Lieutenant Governor 4107051 Win
11-06-2018 Democratic Governor 7721410 Win

Candidate Biography:

Gavin Christopher Newsom
Born: October 10, 1967 in San Francisco, CA
Married: Kimberly Guilfoyle (m. 2001, div. 2006), Jennifer Siebel (m. 2008)
Child: Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom, Hunter Siebel Newsom, Brooklynn, and Dutch William Siebel Newsom
Family: Son of William A. Newsom

1995: Volunteer, Willie Brown for Mayor campaign
1996-1997: Member, San Francisco's Parking and Traffic Commission
1997-2004: Member, San Francisco County Board of Supervisors
2004-2011: Mayor, City of San Francisco
2010: Early Primary Candidate for Governor (Withdrew)
2012: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention

  • Newsom remained in office as Mayor until early January, past the start of his term as Lieutenant Governor, in order to play a part in the selection of San Francisco's new Mayor. 
  • Small Screen: Newsom was the host of a TV show, "The Gavin Newsom Show" from May 2012 to January 2013. The show aired on Current TV, a cable channel co-founded by Al Gore.
  • Newsom's fourth child, Dutch, was named for Dutch Flat, where Newsom spent much of his childhood. Dutch Flat was named for Charles Dornbach, whose camp was originally known as "Dutch Charlie's Flat."
  • In 2019, Newsom was the target of two attempted recalls led by Erin Cruz and another by James Veltmeyer. The recalls failed to qualify for the ballot.
    In 2020, Newsom was the target of two attempted recalls led by Orrin E. Heatlie and another by Carla Canada. One of the recalls led by Heatlie and the one by Canada failed to qualify for the ballot. Signature collection for the remaining recall by Heatlie is still oustanding but appears likely to qualify.
  • Supreme Court Decision: In December 2020, several months into the 2020-2021 COVID-19 Pandemic, the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista sued Governor Newsom over the public health orders issued by the state, particularly on the state's total prohibition on indoor worship services. It was argued that restaurants and other businesses were permitted to continue operating with limited capacity while religious services were prohibited entirely, violating the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion. In February 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that "regulations like these violate the First Amendment unless the State can show they are the least restrictive means of achieving a compelling government interest." (South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom, 592 US ####)

Source: "Newsom's latest exit date: Jan. 10" by John Coté, San Francisco Chronicle (1/1/2011)
Source: "Calif. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom gets Current TV gig" by Lisa Leff, Associated Press (4/18/2012)