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Senator Josh Newman

State Senator Josh Newman grew up on the East Coast, in New York State, in a little city called Poughkeepsie, about an hour and half north up the Hudson River from New York City.  His dad was a general surgeon who did emergency room work in two local hospitals and his mom was active in community affairs, serving as the President of their local school district and eventually as mayor of their hometown.

After graduation from Yale University, where he majored in History with a focus on 20th Century politics and government, he served as an artillery officer in the United States Army, with duty assignments with a nuclear weapons unit in South Korea and a conventional artillery battalion in the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii.

Following the completion of his active duty military service obligation, he relocated to California from Hawaii. Senator Newman’s professional experience since then has included work in local government, public affairs and marketing, film and television production, and Internet media technology.

In 2012, Senator Newman founded an initiative, ArmedForce2Workforce, to assist young military veterans in the pursuit of rewarding, career-oriented employment following the completion of their own military service and return to the Greater Los Angeles/Orange County area.  That work coupled with his frustration with the lack of progress and support from various levels of government in doing right by the young men and women who had bravely served, led to his decision to run for public office.

In 2016, he ran a successful grassroots campaign for the California State Senate, focused on a message of service, common sense, and accountability on behalf of the residents of the 16 cities across three counties in California’s 29th Senate District.

As a public servant, Senator Josh Newman prides himself on being active, accessible, and accountable, unafraid to put constituents over politics and working families ahead of special interests.

Senator Newman and his wife Darcy live in Fullerton with their young daughter and four weird but lovable rescue Chihuahuas.


Senator Newman



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