Lieutenant Governor, State of California
Gavin Newsom is lieutenant governor of the state of California, where his top priorities are economic development and job creation, improving access to higher education, and maintaining California’s environmental leadership. Prior to being elected, Newsom served two terms as mayor of San Francisco. Under his leadership, the economy grew and jobs were created, and 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 aggressively pursued local solutions to global climate change. In the final days of his second term as mayor, Newsom led a historic drive to host the 2013 America’s Cup, one of the largest and most prestigious sporting events in the world, which is expected to generate roughly 8,000 jobs and $1.2 billion for the local and state economy.