The filmmaker told Politico in October that if her husband were to win the governor’s race, she would go by “first partner” because “we’re going to have a female governor someday soon.” She added, “It opens up the opportunity for any couple to really step in, and that’s exciting to me.”
“Today was joyous beyond measure, and it is the honor of a lifetime to serve the people of California,” Siebel Newsom wrote on Twitter after her husband’s inauguration ceremony on Monday.
Today was joyous beyond measure, and it is the honor of a lifetime to serve the people of California.
Gavin-I love you, I’m so grateful for this journey with you, and I’m already so proud of the way you are using your courageous heart and brilliant mind to lead this great state. pic.twitter.com/y5m5sm4blO
— Jennifer Siebel Newsom (@JenSiebelNewsom) January 8, 2019
“The work I do really parallels and complements Gavin’s work because it’s about awakening people’s consciousness, shifting hearts and minds, attitudes and behaviors,” Siebel Newsom said in a Los Angeles Times profile published in November.
The governor has been an advocate for gender issues, including women’s and LGBTQ rights. He spoke highly of his wife to the Los Angeles Times, telling the paper her work is more important than ever after the recent Me Too movement.
“It’s been long overdue, and we’re all expressing ourselves in a way that a decade ago we weren’t. So I think it’s uncomfortable for many,” he said. “The way she’s presenting this debate is in a much safer place because she doesn’t look through the prism of politics and who’s to blame. It’s much more focused on what to do.”