Jerry Brown, Democrat, 80, retires as Governor of California after 50 years in politics

Jan. 8, 2019: Gavin C. Newsom, Democrat, was officially sworn in as the 40th Governor of California yesterday, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in a tent set up outside the State Capitol in Sacramento. Newsom, 51, who was previously the California Lieutenant Governor and the Mayor of San Francisco, was sworn in by California State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. Newsom’s wife, documentary filmmaker Jennifer S. Newsom, stood at his side, along with their four children. As Governor, Newsom succeeds Jerry Brown, 80, who was most recently the California Governor for the last eight years. Brown did not run for re-election due to term limit restrictions. Brown, who has worked in politics regularly since 1969, was previously the California Attorney General, the California Secretary of State, the Mayor of Oakland, the Chairman of the California Democratic Party, and he was also the California Governor from 1974 to 1982. Newsom was the California Lieutenant Governor for the past eight years, 2011 to 2019, and he was the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011. Newsom, whose father was a California Appeals Court Judge, graduated from Santa Clara University. After graduation, he founded the PlumpJack wine store with family friend Gordon Getty as an investor. The PlumpJack Group grew to manage twenty-three businesses, including wineries, restaurants, and hotels. Newsom started his political career in 1996, when former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown appointed him as a Member of city's Parking and Traffic Commission, and as a Member of the city’s Board of Supervisors the following year, 1997. Newsom previously hosted “The Gavin Newsom Show” on Current TV, and he wrote the 2013 book “Citizenville.”

Attribution: The Los Angeles Times, Politico, Wikipedia

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