10 things to know about California's new Democratic governor

Gavin Newsom
Posted at 8:50 AM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-06 11:50:53-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gavin Newsom will become California's 40th governor on Monday, succeeding fellow Democrat Jerry Brown.

Here are 10 things to know about the next leader of the nation's most populous state:

—Served as lieutenant governor from 2011 to 2019 and San Francisco mayor from 2004 to 2011.

—Married to Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and actress, and the couple has four children. Newsom is the son of William Newsom III, a former justice on the state court of appeals.

—He is 51 years old.

—Opened a San Francisco wine shop in 1992 with Billy Getty, the grandson of the oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. It grew into a network of wineries, hotels and restaurants known as the PlumpJack Group. Newsom is placing his ownership into a blind trust run by a family friend and attorney to avoid conflicts of interest while serving as governor.

—Formerly married to Kimberly Guilfoyle, the prosecutor-turned-Fox news host who now dates Donald Trump Jr.

—In 2004, as mayor, directed San Francisco city clerks to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, then in violation of state and federal law. A month later, the state Supreme Court halted the practice and voided the licenses.

—Proposed and campaigned heavily for the winning 2016 gun control ballot measure that restricted possession of high-capacity magazines and required a background check to buy bullets, among other things.

—Supported the 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana, which won passage.

—Has dyslexia, a disorder that can make it difficult to read. Newsom said it's forced him to learn how to over-prepare, and he memorizes most of his speeches.

—Longtime family friend of Jerry Brown, and recalled licking envelopes for campaign materials during Brown's 1992 presidential bid.