Last updated on: 3/25/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Gavin Newsom Biography

Title:
40th Governor of California
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“The intentional killing of another person is wrong and as Governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual. Our death penalty system has been, by all measures, a failure. It has discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, black and brown, or can’t afford expensive legal representation. It has provided no public safety benefit or value as a deterrent. It has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. Most of all, the death penalty is absolute. It’s irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error.”

“Governor Gavin Newsom Orders a Halt to the Death Penalty in California,” gov.ca.gov, Mar. 13, 2019

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 40th Governor of California (D), Jan. 2019-present
  • 49th Lieutenant Governor of California, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2019
  • Mayor, San Francisco, 2004-2011
  • San Francisco Board of Supervisors, 1997-2004
  • Founder, PlumpJack Wines, 1992
Education:
  • BS, Political Science, Santa Clara University, 1989
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @GavinNewsom
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?