For Immediate release
April 1, 2019
J&Z Strategies



Josh Newman Secures Powerhouse Endorsement from State Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Jolting more energy into his rematch campaign for State Senate District 29, today U.S. Army veteran, businessman and former State Senator Josh Newman garnered the powerful endorsement of California State Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins.

In a statement released following the announced endorsement, President pro Tem Atkins commented:

“I am proud to announce my strong support of Josh Newman for State Senate. His fearless promotion of California values, coupled with his unique ability to bring people together to solve problems, makes Josh the ideal person for the job. Josh will continue the work he started in 2016 as a champion of veterans, working families, environmental protection and immigrant communities, as well as a policy leader in ensuring greater access to affordable healthcare.  I’m thrilled to endorse him for State Senate.”

Recently, Newman unveiled an expansive list of 100 “Citizens for Newman,” which included an array of endorsements from individuals across California’s 29th Senate District. 

In the few short weeks since announcing the kick-off of his rematch campaign, Josh Newman has secured a rapidly growing list of California leaders and local citizens from across his district. Josh’s endorsers include:

  • California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
  • California State Treasurer Fiona Ma
  • California State Treasurer (Ret.) John Chiang
  • California State Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
  • 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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