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  Newsom, Gavin
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NameGavin Newsom
Address268 Bush St
San Francisco, California , United States
Website [Link]
Born October 10, 1967 (53 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Apr 01, 2020 05:58pm
Tags Caucasian - Divorced - Catholic - Straight -
InfoGavin Christopher Newsom is the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, California. He was elected the city's mayor on December 9, 2003, succeeding Willie Brown.

Newsom, a fourth-generation San Franciscan, was born in San Francisco, but raised primarily in Marin County. He graduated from the Jesuit-run Santa Clara University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In December 2001 he married Kimberly Guilfoyle, a legal analyst and commentator who appears on television networks, including Court TV, CNN, and MSNBC. She is based in New York City, having moved there shortly after he was sworn into office. On January 7, 2005 the couple jointly filed for divorce, citing "difficulties due to their careers on opposite coasts".

Gavin Newsom's first taste of public office came in 1996 when he was appointed President of San Francisco's Parking and Traffic Commission. Later in 1996, he was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Voters re-elected him to the Board of Supervisors in 1998, 2000 and 2002. He gained public attention for his role in advocating reform of the city's beleaguered Municipal Railway (Muni). He sponsored a ballot measure from the transit riders group Rescue Muni; a version of the measure was approved by voters in November 1999.

Newsom, a Democrat, was elected mayor in 2003, defeating Matt Gonzalez, the president of the city's Board of Supervisors and a member of the Green Party. He campaigned on a pledge to tackle the city's notorious homeless problem, adopting much of the same agenda pursued by Rudolph Giuliani in New York City a decade earlier; the centerpiece of Newsom's reform proposals was known as "Care Not Cash," which substituted direct aid in the form of rent vouchers, etc., for cash payments heretofore made to indigents under the state's General Assistance program. Implementation of Care Not Cash began on July 1, 2004.

During his tenure Newsom has been a very popular mayor in San Francisco with over an 80% approval rating (one of the highest for any major US elected official)

Newsom gained international attention, and attracted major controversy, in February 2004 when he ordered county workers to change marriage certificate application documents to allow for same-sex marriage, which are not recognized by the state of California. Newsom felt that the California Constitution guaranteed citizens' this right and therefore it was his responsibility to allow same-sex marriage. Because of this order, on February 12, 2004, 50 gay and lesbian couples became some of the first in the United States to receive official government-sanctioned marriage licenses recognizing their relationships, and about 4,000 same-sex couples were married in San Francisco until the weddings were stopped by the California Supreme Court on March 11. Some prominent Democrats such as Senator (and former San Francisco mayor) Dianne Feinstein and Representative Barney Frank alleged that Newsom's actions damaged the party's Presidential nominee, John Kerry, but Newsom has always strongly rejected that notion. Newsom used a rally marking the one-year anniversary of the "Winter of Love" to chastise Feinstein for her comment that the marriages were "too much, too fast, too soon," saying, "It is no longer acceptable for politicians to come to you every electoral cycle and ask you for money and then turn around and say, 'It's too much, too soon.'" Newsom also criticized New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg for giving his verbal support to gay marriage at the same time he was appealing a February 2005 ruling that struck down New York state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, and led the crowd in a chant of "Shame on you, George Bush."

Newsom has focused city resources on impoverished disticts in Bayview-Hunters Point on San Francisco's southeast side, often arriving there without notice to follow through on city programs. He extended to young adults the city-funded health insurance program started under Mayor Brown, a program that previously had been offered only to children. Newsom appointed San Francisco's first female police chief and fire chief. As part of his Care Not Cash initiative, 5,000 more homeless were given permanent shelter in the city.

On October 27, 2004, during a strike by hotel workers on a dozen San Francisco hotels, Newsom joined UNITE HERE union members on a picket line in front of the Westin St. Francis Hotel. He vowed that the city would boycott the hotels by not sponsoring city events in any of them until the hotels agreed to a contract with workers. The contract dispute remains unresolved.


DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
09/16/2019-09/25/2019 Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) 44.00% ( 0.0) 32.00% ( 0.0) 24.00% ( 0.0)
09/13/2019-09/16/2019 Emerson College 32.00% ( 0.0) 42.00% ( 0.0) 26.00% ( 0.0)
11/10/2011-11/13/2011 Public Policy Polling 33.00% ( 0.0) 33.00% ( 0.0) 34.00% ( 0.0)
10/30/2004-10/30/2004 David Binder Research 80.00% ( 6.0) 7.00% ( 3.0) 13.00% ( 9.0)
05/12/2004-05/12/2004 David Binder Research 86.00% ( 0.0) 10.00% ( 0.0) 4.00% ( 0.0)
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
10/26/2018-10/28/2018 Gravis Marketing 52.00% ( 0.0) 35.00% ( 0.0) 13.00% ( 0.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Dec 21, 2020 05:00pm News California‚Äôs Newsom could face recall as state struggles during coronavirus crisis  Article data 
Jan 07, 2019 08:05pm Proposed Legislation Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes healthcare mandate, Medi-Cal expansion to more immigrants without legal status  Article RP 
Jan 04, 2011 06:00am Profile Gavin Newsom is reaching for the stars but settling for less  Article Jason 
Jan 27, 2010 08:20pm Statement State of the Union: Newsom's response  Article Jason 
Jan 12, 2010 05:55pm Blog Entry [SF Mayor] Newsom talks regulating salt, soda, cell phones and booze  Article Patrick 
Sep 03, 2009 06:40am General Donors generous to Newsom's pet projects  Article Jason 

Importance? 6.75000 Average

Wife Kimberly Guilfoyle Dec 08, 2001-Feb 11, 2006
Wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom Jul 26, 2008-
Father William A. Newsom 1934-2018
Grandfather William Newsom 0000-
Aunt Barbara Newsom 0000-

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