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State of CaliforniaCandidate for Governor

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Gavin Newsom

Lieutenant Governor/Businessman
7,721,410 votes (61.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Defending California’s Values - As Governor, I will proudly continue to defend CA's leadership on LGBT/immigrant/worker rights, climate change, and sensible gun/marijuana laws & fight back against President Trump’s attempts to take us backwards.
  • Creating California’s Opportunity – I will increase investment in our public schools, implement a new job-training system to properly equip our workers for the 21st century economy & keep pushing forward to reform our state’s criminal justice system.
  • Building California’s Future - As Governor, I’ll invest in affordable housing and other job-creating infrastructure, from roads, bridges and ports to wireless and broadband networks.



Gavin is widely recognized for his bold 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, paid family leave, technology, criminal justice reform, sugary drinks, and the minimum wage, Gavin 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.


Gavin’s top priorities are economic development (creating jobs and reducing poverty), education (increasing affordable access to quality schools at all levels), protecting the environment, and justice – ensuring California continues to lead by example while actively resisting any attempt by the Trump administration to take us backwards.


Gavin is married to Jennifer Siebel Newsom. They reside in Marin County with their four children Montana, Hunter, Brooklynn, and Dutch.


The son of William and Tessa, Gavin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Santa Clara University on a partial baseball scholarship, graduating in 1989 with a B.A. in political science.


After college, Gavin sold orthotics and worked as an assistant at a real estate firm. In 1991, Gavin recruited investors and founded PlumpJack, a wine shop, which he grew into a thriving enterprise of 21 businesses including wineries, restaurants, and hotels.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $37,227,083

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Reyes Holdings
Employees of ValueAct Capital
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and employees
Employees of Hueston Hennigan LLP
Employees of Creative Artists Agency

More information about contributions

By State:

California 84.75%
New York 3.47%
Florida 1.88%
District of Columbia 1.48%
Other 8.41%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.24%)
Small contributions (2.76%)

By Type:

From organizations (37.83%)
From individuals (62.17%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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