Gavin Newsom Elected as California Governor

Gavin Newsom was inaugurated as Governor of California on Jan. 7, 2019.

A Democrat, Newsom was the mayor of San Francisco from 2004-11 and Lieutenant Governor of California from 2011-19. Newsom ran against Republican businessman John Cox. Newsom won the general election on Nov. 6 with 61.9% of the vote.

As mayor of San Francisco, Newsom supported several key changes, particularly in backing the legalization of same-sex marriage despite opposition in the federal government, as well as universal health care in San Francisco. As Lt. Governor, Newsom supported the decriminalization of nonviolent crimes, the legalization of marijuana, and access to education.

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Several notable politicians supported Gavin Newsom, including former president Barack Obama and the preceding Governor Jerry Brown. At a political rally in June Brown explained that  “Gavin Newsom will get stuff done. There is a time for an old guy, and there is time for a young guy… I was the right man at the right time, and right now Gavin Newsom is the right man at the right time for the next four years in California.”

According to Newsom’s website,, his priorities as Governor for California include the state’s affordability crisis, increasing affordable access to schools, justice, and “standing up for California values that are under attack from Washington – from civil rights to immigration to environmental protection.”

Newsom has held true to his history of being unafraid to go against federal policy; according to NPR, Newsom declared that California will provide unemployment benefits to federal workers left unpaid during the government shutdown, against the orders of the Trump administration.

In a time of increasing political turmoil, California can rest assured that Governor Gavin Newsom will stand for his beliefs regardless of any federal opposition.