Nov. 8, 2018: Gavin Newsom, Democrat, was elected as the Governor of California on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Newsom succeeds current Gov. Jerry Brown, Democrat, who did not run for re-election after eight years in office. Newsom, 51, has been California’s Lieutenant Governor for two terms. In the Nov. 6 election, Newsom defeated John Cox, 63, Republican, a multi-millionaire businessman and political newcomer in California. Cox conceded defeat around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The son of an Appellate Court Judge with deep ties to San Francisco, Newsom started his career in public office in 1996 when then-San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown appointed him to the Parking and Traffic Commission and then, a year later, to the Board of Supervisors. Newsom was elected as the Mayor of San Francisco in 2004.