Meet the Newsoms: California’s new First Family
When Gavin Newsom is sworn in Monday, he, his wife and four young kids will become California’s first family. Here’s a look at them and some of Newsom’s other notable relatives.
Gavin Newsom: The 51-year-old incoming governor has served for the last eight years as lieutenant governor, a largely ceremonial job that involves sitting on various state commissions. In 2004, he rose to national prominence for granting same-sex marriage licenses as San Francisco mayor. With financial backing from Gordon Getty, the son of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, he opened a San Francisco wine shop in 1992, the first of the hospitality businesses that would make him a millionaire. He grew up in the Bay Area and attended Santa Clara University. He announced Friday that he’ll move with his wife and children from their home in Marin County to the governor’s mansion in Sacramento.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom: California’s incoming first partner is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, actress and outspoken advocate for women. The family is asking that she be referred to as “first partner,” instead of the more traditional term “first lady.” The 44-year-old is working on a new documentary about inequality in the United States and has previously made films about gender stereotypes in American culture. She’s a double graduate of Stanford University, where she earned her bachelor’s and business degrees. Jennifer and Gavin have been married for a decade.
The Newsom children: Gavin and Jennifer have four kids: 9-year-old Montana, 7-year-old Hunter, 5-year-old Brooklynn and 2-year-old Dutch.
Hilary Newsom: Gavin’s sister is president of PlumpJack, the hospitality company he founded. PlumpJack Group owns wineries, boutique hotels, restaurants and spirits shops in San Francisco, Napa, Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe and Marin County.
Tessa Newsom: Their mother raised Gavin and Hilary as a single parent after she and her husband divorced. She was 55 when she died of breast cancer in 2002, inspiring her daughter to raise money for breast cancer research through the PlumpJack Foundation.
William Newsom III: Hilary and Gavin’s father died last month at 84. The former State Court of Appeal justice was friends with outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown and was known for his environmental activism.