Josh Newman (politician)

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Josh Newman
Member of the California State Senate
from the 29th district
In office
December 5, 2016 – June 24, 2018
Preceded byBob Huff
Succeeded byLing-Ling Chang
Personal details
Born (1964-10-16) October 16, 1964 (age 55)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Darcy Lewis
ResidenceFullerton, California
Alma materYale University
ProfessionNonprofit director
veterans advocate
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg Army
Years of service1986–1990

Josh Newman (born October 17, 1964) is an American politician who formerly served in the California State Senate until being recalled in June 2018. A Democrat, he represented the 29th Senate District, which encompasses parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties.

Newman was elected to the State Senate by a very narrow margin in November 2016, providing Democrats with a ⅔ supermajority of 27 seats. In June 2018, he was successfully recalled by the voters of the 29th Senate District, and replaced by his 2016 opponent, former Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang.

Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Newman was a veterans' advocate and executive director of a nonprofit for veterans.


Newman's election was a surprise, as he narrowly defeated state Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang to succeed term-limited Republican Bob Huff.[1]

2018 recall[edit]

In June 2018, Newman was recalled from office[2], ostensibly for his affirmative vote on Senate Bill 1, which increased gas and diesel taxes and raised DMV registration fees in California.[3][4] He was replaced by Republican Ling Ling Chang, whom he had defeated in the 2016 election.[5]

2020 election[edit]

On March 4, 2019, Newman announced that he would be a candidate to return to the California state Senate in the 2020 elections.[6]


Newman is Jewish.[7] He is married to Darcy Lewis and they have one child.[8]


  1. ^ Jordan Graham (November 23, 2016). "Josh Newman takes lead in 29th state Senate race, bringing Democrats close to supermajority". The Orange County Register. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Latest: Recall denies Democrats California supermajority". 13 WTHR Indianapolis. June 6, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "State Sen. Josh Newman Targeted By Recall Over California Gas Tax Vote". CBS Sacramento.
  4. ^ "Info for tomorrow's recall Josh Newman show". KFI AM 640.
  5. ^ "Special Recall Election". California Secretary of State. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Recalled former state Sen. Josh Newman running to retake seat in 2020". March 5, 2019. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Arom, Eitan (January 6, 2017). "Jewish state legislators ready to make an impact". Jewish Journal.
  8. ^ "May 5th luncheon honoring Senator Josh Newman". Retrieved August 6, 2019.

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