Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is an American politician who is the 49th and current Lieutenant Governor of California. Previously, he was the Mayor of San Francisco, and was elected in 2003 to succeed Willie Brown, becoming San Francisco's youngest mayor in 100 years. Newsom was re-elected in 2007 with 72 percent of the vote.
Newsom graduated from Redwood High School in Larkspur, California, in 1985, and in 1989 from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. His PlumpJack Wine Shop, founded in 1992, grew into a multimillion-dollar enterprise, and now includes bars, restaurants, and a Lake Tahoe hotel called Squaw Valley Inn. He was first appointed by Willie Brown to serve on San Francisco's Parking and Traffic Commission in 1996, and was appointed the following year as Supervisor. Newsom drew voter attention with his Care Not Cash program, designed to move homeless people into city assisted care. He defeated the Green Party's Matt Gonzalez 53% to 47% in a run-off in his race for mayor in 2003, becoming the youngest mayor of San Francisco since John W. Geary.
In March 2010, he announced his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor, setting off speculation about possible successors if he were to win. In June 2010, he received the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor. Newsom won the 2010 lieutenant governor election on November 2, 2010. On December 31, 2010, Gavin Newsom stated that he would not be sworn in as Lieutenant Governor until January 10, 2011, when his successor, chosen by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, takes office to succeed him as mayor.