|Santa Clara University, BA||1989|
Gavin Newsom, 45, was elected as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of the State of California on November 2, 2010. His top priorities are economic development and job creation, fighting poverty, improving access to higher education, and maintaining California’s environmental leadership. He is the author of “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government,” which explores the intersection of democracy and technology in this ever-connected world.
Before becoming Lieutenant Governor, Newsom served as Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco. After only 36 days as mayor, Newsom gained worldwide attention when he granted marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This bold move set the tone for Newsom’s first term. Under his energetic leadership, the economy grew and jobs were created. The City became a center for biotech and clean tech. He initiated a plan to bring universal health care to all of the City’s uninsured residents. And Newsom aggressively pursued local solutions to global climate change.
Newsom is married to Jennifer Siebel Newsom. They have three children: Montana, Hunter and Brooklynn.