Gavin Newsom Sworn In as California’s 49th Lieutenant Governor

SACRAMENTO, CA –Gavin Newsom today took the oath of office as California’s 49th Lieutenant Governor. The oath was administered by Newsom’s father, the Honorable William A. Newsom, former Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal at San Francisco.

"It is an honor to serve as the 49th Lieutenant Governor in the greatest state in the greatest nation in the world," said Newsom. "At a time of great challenge, we must transform our crises into opportunities, replace old arguments with bold solutions, and reject timidity and incrementalism for risk-taking and innovation."

Lieutenant Governor Newsom also pledged to work in close partnership with Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders to reform and rebuild a government that is truly worthy of California.

The inauguration ceremony included an invocation by Reverend Arturo Albano of the Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco and remarks by State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Pérez. The Presentation of the Colors was performed by the 88th Cadet Wing Honor Guard, followed by the national anthem sang by the San Francisco Boys’ Choir.

As Lieutenant Governor, Newsom plans to aggressively pursue new business and job creation, help maintain environmental leadership and retool and reboot California's approach to workforce, in an effort to deliver the skills needed to keep the state at the center of the innovation economy.

Prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor, Newsom served two-terms as Mayor of San Francisco. Under his leadership, the economy grew and jobs were created. The City became a center for biotech and clean tech. He initiated a plan to bring universal health care to all of the City’s uninsured residents. And Newsom aggressively pursued local solutions to global climate change. In the final days of his second term as Mayor, Newsom led a historic drive to host the 2013 America’s Cup, one of the largest and most prestigious sporting events in the world, which is expected to generate roughly 8,000 jobs and $1.2 billion for the local and state economy.

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Contact: Francisco Castillo
Monday, January 10, 2011