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California State SenateCandidate for District 29

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Josh Newman

Veterans' Advocate
69,732 votes (33.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Addressing the root causes of homelessness and securing funding for effective mental health programs and facilities
  • Fully fund California's public schools and improve public education for every student
  • The environment: help California achieve its goal of 100% renewable and zero carbon energy by 2045



Profession:Veterans Advocate/Businessperson
State Senator, California State Legislature — Elected position (2016–2018)
Senior Vice President, ArmedForce2WorkForce (2012–2016)


Yale University Bachelor of Arts, History (1986)

Community Activities

Chair, Neighbors United for Fullerton (2018–current)


I’m a former United States Army officer, community and veteran activist, entrepreneur, father, husband, and former State Senator for the 29th Senate District of California.

I’ve been motivated by public service all throughout my life. After graduation from Yale University, I served as a United States Army officer. Following a post-service professional career in the Internet technology sector, I founded and served as Executive Director of ArmedForce2Workforce, an initiative to assist young veterans in Orange County and Greater Los Angeles in their pursuit of rewarding, career-oriented employment.

In 2016 I ran a successful grassroots campaign focused on a message of service, accountability, and common sense. When the voters sent me to Sacramento, I was active, accessible, and accountable, unafraid to put constituents over politics and working families ahead of corporate interests. During my tenure as State Senator, I authored legislation that championed veteran services, mental health resources, public education, job creation, and infrastructure improvements.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $4,311,669

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

California Democratic Party
San Mateo County Democrats
San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
Humboldt County Democrats
Tehama County Democratic Central Committee

More information about contributions

By State:

California 98.23%
District of Columbia 0.95%
Colorado 0.22%
Michigan 0.14%
Other 0.47%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.70%)
Small contributions (0.30%)

By Type:

From organizations (96.03%)
From individuals (3.97%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I live by a couple of simple rules: do the work, tell the truth, stand up for what you believe in, and do the right thing. As your State Senator, I’ll follow these guidelines to fight against partisan games and work to bring integrity and decency back to our politics, all while delivering results for the residents of our district.

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