Lieutenant Governor of California
United States Office of the Governor
Gavin Newsom is the Mayor of San Francisco. He was first appointed to the city’s Board of Supervisors in 1996, subsequently winning two additional terms before his election as Mayor in December 2003. Newsom first rose to political prominence with the passage of a measure that reformed San Francisco’s welfare system, known as “Care Not Cash”. It introduced a new approach in addressing homelessness, recognized as the city’s most intractable problem. In just one-year as Mayor, he navigated a severe budget crisis while protecting vital city services, challenging the status quo on homelessness, and taking steps to protect American civil rights. He has a reputation for innovation, forward-thinking and creative solutions to difficult problems. Before joining the Board of Supervisors, he was a successful businessman, opening his first business in 1992 (the PlumpJack Wine Shop), which became a multi-million dollar restaurant and hospitality enterprise, employing over 1,000 people. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1989 with a BA in Political Science.