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

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?