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American businessman and politician Gavin Christopher Newson was born on October 10th, 1967, in San Francisco, California. Suffering from dyslexia since childhood, Newsom struggled throughout his education but eventually attended and graduated Santa Clara University in 1989 with a degree in political science.

In 1991, with the help of investors, Newsom created the company PlumpJack Associates L.P., and they later founded PlumpJack Winery the following year. Through his company, Gavin ran twenty-three businesses, which also included hotels, cafés, retail clothing and restaurants, between 1993 and 2004. Newsom became interested in politics in 1995, when he participated in former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown’s campaign. After Brown won, he appointed Newsom to the Parking and Traffic Commission in 1996, eventually becoming its president. A year later, Newsom joined the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where he started to gain public attention in this role.

As a member of the Democratic Party, Newson ran for the post of mayor of San Francisco in November 2003 and won, starting his term in January 2004. When he came to office, he promised to address issues such as affordable housing, the problems public schools faced and potholes. He later got reelected in 2007 for a second term, in which he intended to deal with topics like homelessness, education, housing crisis, and the environment.

Newson announced his intention to run for governor of California in 2009, even receiving the endorsement of former U.S. President, Bill Clinton. Poll numbers weren’t favorable though, and he dropped out of the running in late 2009. Instead, Newson decided to file the paperwork to become lieutenant governor, the second highest executive officer in the government of California. He successfully earned the Democratic nomination and won the election in 2010, serving under governor Jerry Brown. Gavin Newson served two terms in this position, starting in 2011 until 2019.

Gavin currently serves as the 40th governor of California, after getting elected in 2018, with his first term beginning in January 2019. Newsom launched his reelection campaign in 2022, facing Republican Party candidate Brian Dahle, with the general elections taking place in November of that year.

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