Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Mayor Gavin Newsom is California’s new lieutenant governor, beating out Republican Abel Maldonado in the race for the state’s No. 2 post.
Jennifer Siebel & Gavin Newsom
Category: Power Couples
Company: City of San Francisco
What Made Them Haute: When Newsom was elected to his current position as Mayor of San Francisco in 2003 at the age of 36, he was the youngest man to take on that role in more than 100 years, and he quickly made national headlines when he granted marriage licenses to same-sex couples after only 36 days in the office. He and his beautiful wife Jennifer, a former actress, welcomed their first child, a baby girl, in September of 2009. The First Lady of San Francisco supports a number of local philanthropies and institutions, and the couple can often be found attending the city’s highest profile events.
What Makes Them Haute Now: Tuesday’s election night resulted in a victory for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, giving the lifelong San Francisco Giants fan and his wife two victories to celebrate this week. With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Newsom is heading to Sacramento, winning the state’s lieutenant governor’s race with more than 50 percent of the vote over incumbent Abel Maldonado. Newsom joined Brown in a wave of Democratic wins, shifting the political climate of California. As lieutenant governor, Newsom will serve as a member of the University of California Board of Regents, the California State University Board of Trustees, and several other boards and commissions. He will focus on such issues as education, green jobs, and the environment. The Bay Area native will leave his mayoral post a year early and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu will be the acting mayor for the five days after Newsom is sworn. Newsom’s successor will be elected by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.