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Gavin Newsom | Biography

Gavin Christopher Newsom was born in San Francisco on October 10, 1967 to Tessa Thomas Menzies and William Alfred Newsom III. Newsom received a partial baseball scholarship to Santa Clara University, where he graduated in 1989 with a degree in political science.

After graduating from Santa Clara, Newsom worked briefly in sales and real estate before starting a retail wine store in 1992 in San Francisco. The company eventually became the PlumpJack Group, which includes restaurants, luxury resorts and wineries throughout California.

We read: '(...) In 1992, Gavin Newsom opened his first business, PlumpJack Wines, combining his passion for wine and his driving entrepreneurial spirit. Over the next decade, the PlumpJack Group began to grow under his leadership to include many of the restaurants, wineries, and retail establishments in the current portfolio. (...).

Gavin Newsom became involved in politics in 1995 as a volunteer in Willie Brown's campaign for mayor of San Francisco. Mayor Brown first appointed Newsom to a vacant position on the Parking and Traffic Commission and, in 1997, to a vacant seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Newsom was later elected and re-elected to the board before successfully running for mayor of San Francisco in 2003. In 2004, Newsom made national headlines when he challenged the United States' ban on same-sex marriage.

While still mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom was elected the 49th lieutenant governor of California in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Gavin Newsom was elected as California’s 40th Governor on November 6, 2018.


Gavin Newsom has been doing an amazing job creating inclusive economic growth and opportunity for young and old, finding innovative solutions to fight gun violence, promoting immigration protection, care for the environment and more.


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