Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is an American politician and businessman who is the 40th governor of California, serving since January 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 49th lieutenant governor of California from 2011 to 2019 and as the 42nd mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011.
We are fortunate in the Bay Area to have a solid Democratic congressional delegation. That trend looks to continue even as the 15th Congressional District will select a new representative to succeed the retiring Jackie Speier, who ably represented parts of San Mateo County and San Francisco during her nearly 15 years in office.
This primary election will also give voters the first opportunity to weigh in on California's new junior senator, Alex Padilla, the former secretary of state whom Governor Gavin Newsom appointed last year after Kamala Harris became vice president.Below are our recommendations for Congress in the June 7 primary.U.S.
Senate: Alex PadillaAlex Padilla is running for a full six-year term. He has been a strong ally to the LGBTQ community. In his Bay Area Reporter endorsement questionnaire, Padilla wrote that he is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community. "I will continue fighting for a future in which the full civil and human rights of LGBTQ+ individuals are recognized," he stated. "The assaults on the LGBTQ+ community that we see happening across the country underscore the urgency of passing legislation at the federal level that protects the rights of all LGBTQ+ Americans.
I pledge to champion federal legislation, like the Equality Act, that guarantees equal protection for all."Padilla is a strong advocate for affordable housing and addressing the homelessness crisis that is gripping the state.