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Gavin Newsom is the Governor of California, former Lieutenant Governor of California, and former Mayor of San Francisco.
Newsom is widely recognized for his willingness to lead – repeatedly developing, advocating, and implementing innovative and groundbreaking solutions to some of our most challenging issues. On a wide range of topics including same-sex marriage, gun safety, marijuana, the death penalty, universal health care, access to preschool, technology, criminal justice reform, and the minimum wage, Newsom stuck his neck out and did the right thing, which often led to sweeping changes when his policies were ultimately accepted, embraced, and replicated across the state and nation.
Newsom’s top priorities for his administration are tackling our state’s affordability crisis, creating inclusive economic growth and opportunity for every child, and standing up for California values — from civil rights, to immigration, environmental protection, access to quality schools at all levels, and justice.
Governor Newsom is married to Jennifer Siebel Newsom.They have four children: Montana, Hunter, Brooklynn, and Dutch.
Governor Gavin Newsom is boldly leading California through an unprecedented series of crises, including devastating wildfires, an economic downturn and the worst pandemic in 100 years.
Gavin is working every day against difficult odds to keep Californians safe, distribute vaccines, protect families from eviction and provide billions in direct relief to individuals and small businesses.
He first gained national recognition as a chief early advocate for marriage equality and marijuana decriminalization. Gavin is a champion for California values–from civil rights to immigration to environmental protection, education and expanding opportunity, and justice for all Californians.
Climate Change & Environmental Justice
California’s climate commitment has been called among the most ambitious in the world. Gavin Newsom is leading the global shift to green energy future – more sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy. Ensuring that our planet is safe for future generations.
Forging an Oil-Free Future
- $54 billion climate action plan to reduce state oil consumption by 91% while creating 4 million new jobs
- Achieving carbon neutrality by 2045
- Leading the global transition to clean cars, with a new requirement that all new cars sold by 2035 be electric
- Requested CARB to evaluate pathways to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035
– in advance of the 2045 target
– and requested CPUC to establish more ambitious GHG targets for electricity procurement by 2030.
- Prohibited new wells and facilities within a 3,200-foot setback of homes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other sensitive areas, and to require pollution controls for existing wells and facilities within the same 3,200-foot setback area.
Gun Violence Prevention & Public Safety
California’s strong gun laws work – our state is ranked #1 in gun safety, with gun death rates 37% lower than the national average.
- California law strictly prohibits assault weapons
- California has some of the strongest red flag laws in America, making sure dangerous people don’t have access to deadly weapons
- California balances 2nd amendment rights with common sense protections: requiring universal background checks, age restrictions, waiting periods, and mental health screenings
- Signed legislation strengthening and expanding the gun violence restraining order process and regulations on ghost guns.
- $758 million public safety plan to pay for more local police and prosecutors
- Placed a moratorium on the death penalty and immediately closed the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison.
Immigration: California for All
27% of Californians are foreign-born; California is strong because of our diversity, not in spite of it. Immigrants are essential to our culture and critical to our economic prosperity. That’s why California will always welcome newcomers and empower immigrant communities.
- First state in America to provide universal health care access to all people, regardless of their age or immigration status
- More than $1 billion committed to sheltering migrants at the border and providing COVID testing and vaccines
- 42% of California’s companies are started by immigrants – immigrants help propel California’s economy forward and improve the quality of life for all people here.
California is providing real choice to parents – expanding access to affordable, high-quality instruction for their kids.
Nation-leading Education Reforms
- Highest-ever per-pupil investment in California history: $22,893
- Adding a whole new grade to public school: T-K
- Finally creating true universal access for after-school and summer-school
- Enhancing the public school experience by adding mental health counselors, arts & music, and more pathways to a degree at UC and CSU for Californians.
- Provided up to two years of community college tuition-free for first-time, full-time students.
- Invested $1.9 billion to set up college savings accounts of up to $1,500 for every vulnerable student, with $170 million in ongoing funds to set up accounts for all vulnerable students when they enter the 1st grade.
- More slots at UC/CSU for California schoolkids
Economy, Jobs, & Consumer Protection
Gavin Newsom is taking action to tackle global inflation and rising costs. We know we are not the cheapest state in the union, but we have amenities and opportunities that simply don’t exist in other places. We are fighting to ensure all Californians can afford a place to live and have opportunities to get ahead.
- $18.1 billion in tax refunds – largest state tax refund in US history
- $1.4 billion to help people pay their utility bills
- Cutting taxes on diapers and tampons
- Bringing down the cost of childcare and education: 200,000 new childcare slots, universal pre-K and before- and after-school for all California kids
- Bringing down the cost of healthcare with middle class subsidies, providing universal health access to all, and manufacturing our own insulin
- California has grown from the 5th to 4th largest economy in the world under Gavin Newsom
- Last year, California’s economy grew faster than any large state in the nation and 37% faster than the nation as a whole
Housing & Homelessness
Gavin Newsom is tackling California’s homelessness crisis head-on. No more excuses, no more passing the buck. California is finally getting serious about addressing this decades-long emergency with the compassion and urgency it demands.
Proven Solutions to Homelessness
- $15.3 billion homeless investment – with new accountability and oversight under a comprehensive state plan
- Creating more than 55,000 new units of housing, faster and cheaper than ever before in California history
- Creating CARE Court to connect people to mental health and substance abuse services
- Pioneering nation-leading homeless housing reforms including Homekey and Project Roomkey, which combined have brought more than 68,000 people off the streets just since the pandemic began
- Holding local governments acountable to plan for 2.5 million new homes by 2030
- Clean California to clean up thousands of encampments all across the state and beautify public spaces
Protecting Abortion Rights
As other states throughout the country outlaw abortion and criminalize patients and doctors, California continues to lead the nation’s fight for reproductive health care access and privacy.
- Enshrining the right to access abortion into the State constitution
- Legally protecting women who travel from other states to access abortion services in California, including shielding their medical records
- $200 million to expand access to reproductive health care and birth control
Universal Access to Health Care
Gavin Newsom is leading the charge to expand universal access to health care for everyone – regardless of age or immigration status.
- Medi-Cal for All
- Invested $100.7 million to develop and manufacture low-cost biosimilar insulin products to increase the availability and affordability of insulin in the state.
- Became the 1st state to offer financial help for health insurance on top of federal support – including expanded subsidies to qualified “middle class” individuals in Covered California.
- $4.7 billion to ensure all California kids, parents and communities have increased access to mental health and substance use services; adds 40,000 new mental health workers.
- First state in America to provide universal access to health care for all people, regardless of age, immigration status, or ability to pay
Government Efficiency & Civic Engagement
While other states around the U.S. try to restrict voting access, California leads the way in expanding and protecting it. Gavin Newsom is strengthening election integrity at the very time that this fundamental principle of democracy is under attack nationally by the far right-wing.
Protecting Voting Rights
- Universal mail-in ballots for all registered voters
- A true independent, citizen-driven redistricting process
- Protecting election and poll workers from harassment and intimidation