Gavin Newsom

Gavin Christopher Newsom is an American politician and businessman. He is the 40th governor of California, serving since January 2019. Newsom was the 42nd mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of California in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.

About Gavin Newsom in brief

Summary Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher Newsom is an American politician and businessman. He is the 40th governor of California, serving since January 2019. Newsom was the 42nd mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of California in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. He hosted The Gavin Newsom Show on Current TV and wrote the 2013 book Citizenville. The PlumpJack Group grew to manage 23 businesses, including wineries, restaurants, and hotels. The company was named after the opera Plump Jack composed by family friend Gordon Getty, who invested in 10 of Newsom’s businesses. The group started the PumpJack Winery on May 14, 1991 with the financial help of his family friend. The first interactions with government occurred when Newsom resisted the San Francisco Health Department’s requirement to install a sink at his wine store. The family had a pet otter as a pet and Newsom worked several jobs in high school to help support his family. His aunt was married to Ron Pelosi, the brother-in-law of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. The fourth-generation San Franciscan is the second cousin, twice removed, of musician Joanna Newsom. He attended kindergarten and first grade at Ecole Notre Dame Des Victoires, a French American bilingual school in San Francisco. He eventually transferred because of severe dyslexia that still affects him. In high school, Newsom played basketball and baseball and graduated from Redwood High School in 1985. He later reflected on his education fondly, crediting the Jesuit approach of Santa Clara with helping him become an independent thinker who questions orthodoxy.

He worked three jobs to support his sister Hilary Newsom Callan, the Plumpjack Group president, named after a family friend of his father’s, Gordon Getty. His father’s finances were strapped in part because of his tendency to give away his earnings. His mother told them they would not receive any gifts at Christmas because of their father’s habit of giving away his money to foster children. His sister recalled the Christmas holidays when their mother told her that they wouldn’t be receiving any gifts because of her husband’s tendency to spend his earnings on foster kids. He graduated from Santa Clara University on a partial baseball scholarship, where he graduated in 1989 with a B. S. in political science. While in school, he spent a semester studying abroad in Rome. 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. He also has a brother who is a state appeals court justice and attorney for Getty Oil. He has a sister who is married to the daughter of former California Governor Jerry Brown, Jerry Brown’s former chief of staff and current California controller of the California Department of Public Safety. The Newsom family has four children. He and his sister have two step-daughters and one step-son.