For Immediate release
March 19, 2019
J&Z Strategies



The Powerful Women’s Health Group Is Latest to Endorse Newman to Take Back the 29th State Senate District

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — In another sign of his surging momentum, today U.S. Army veteran, businessman and former State Senator Josh Newman’s campaign announced the backing of the Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood in Orange and San Bernardino Counties. In announcing the major endorsement, Robert Armenta, Jr. Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties released the following statement:

“When Josh was in the Senate, he earned a 100% legislative ranking from Planned Parenthood. We are beyond thrilled and proud to endorse his campaign to get back into the State Senate and continue his bold leadership on reproductive health freedoms and women’s rights. In this day and age, we need every vote possible to protect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, and to make vital healthcare access to all people a priority. Josh Newman will defend those values in Sacramento.”

Planned Parenthood joins a growing list of organizations and California leaders that have backed Josh Newman’s campaign for the State Senate, including:

  • California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
  • California State Treasurer Fiona Ma
  • California State Treasurer (Ret.) John Chiang
  • State Senator Tom Umberg
  • State Senator Connie Leyva
  • State Senator Maria Elena Durazo
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Richard Pan 
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Steven Bradford 
  • State Senator Bob Archuleta
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • State Senator Ed Hernandez (Ret.)
  • Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties
  • Orange County Employees Association
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 324
  • Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36 
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) 
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 9510

Josh Newman is a United States Army veteran, community activist, father, husband, and former State Senator for the 29th Senate District of California. He and his wife Darcy reside in Fullerton with their daughter and four rescue Chihuahuas.
A former officer in the United States Army, Newman’s active duty military service included assignments with a nuclear weapons detachment in South Korea and with a conventional artillery battalion in the 25th Infantry Division. After a successful post-service professional career in the Internet technology sector, Newman founded and served as Executive Director of ArmedForce2Workforce, an initiative founded in 2012 to assist young veterans in the Orange County/Greater Los Angeles area in the pursuit of rewarding, career-oriented employment.  

Continuing to give back to his community, in 2016 Newman ran a “bottom-up” campaign against the political establishment — and got elected to the California Senate. In the State Senate, Newman chaired the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. He also sat on the Business & Professions, Health, Insurance, and Human Services committees.
In Sacramento, he was active and accessible, tirelessly serving the 16 cities of the 29th Senate District, continuously putting public service over politics, irrespective of the consequences. Throughout his tenure, Newman focused on finding common sense, pragmatic solutions that help improve the quality of life for California families. His legislation championed veteran services, mental health resources, public education, job creation, environmental protection, equal rights and transportation improvements.

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