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Elected the 40th governor of California in 2018.
Early Years: The fourth-generation San Franciscan was born in 1967.
Education: Attended Redwood High School and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University.
Career: Newsome was elected the 40th Governor of California in 2018. Prior to that, he served as Mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011, when he became the 49th Lieutenant Governor of California. He previously had founded the PlumpJack Group after college, which managed 23 wineries, restaurants and hotels.
Nickname: The Golden State
Population: 39 million
Size: The state covers 163,696 square miles
Economic drivers: Technology, agriculture, film industry, international trade, tourism, energy
Did you know? The famous "Hollywood" sign was installed in 1923 as "Hollywoodland" to advertise a subdivision near the top of Mount Lee. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce took over the sign in 1943 and removed the last four letters.