Josh Newman is a former United States Army officer, community and veteran activist, successful businessman and entrepreneur, father, husband, and former State Senator for the 29th Senate district of California. A graduate of Yale University, Josh has been motivated by public service throughout his entire life, and was elected to represent the 29th Senate District in November of 2016.
Josh and his wife Darcy, a native of Orange County, reside in Fullerton with their daughter and four lovable rescue Chihuahuas.
A Military Veteran Fighting for Others
Following his graduation from Yale, Josh served as an officer in the United States Army. His active duty military assignments included service with a nuclear weapons detachment in South Korea and with an air assault-capable artillery battalion in the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
After returning home, Josh’s post-service professional experience included work in local government, marketing and public relations, film and video production, and executive-level positions with a series of technology start-ups specializing in digital media delivery. In 2012, as part of his commitment to helping fellow veterans make the most of the next chapter in their own lives, Josh founded ArmedForce2Workforce, a Southern California initiative providing career counseling and job search assistance to young veterans in the Orange County/Greater Los Angeles area upon their return home following their return from service.
A History of Standing Up for Our Community
As a natural continuation of his commitment to public service, in 2016 Josh ran a ‘bottom up’ campaign against the local political establishment and, despite long odds, got elected to the California Senate on the basis of a message of service, accountability, and common sense. In Sacramento, Josh was active, accessible, and accountable, unafraid to put people over politics and working families ahead of corporate interests.
Newman chaired the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. He also sat on the Business & Professions, Health, Insurance, and Human Services Committees; he also served as Chair of the San Gabriel Valley Legislative Caucus, and as the Senate’s representative to the state Workforce Investment Board and the Interstate Compact on Military Children & Families.
Throughout his tenure as the state senator representing the 16 cities of the 29th District, Josh focused on finding common-sense, practical solutions that helped improve the quality of life for California families. His legislation championed veteran services, mental health resources, public education, job creation, and transportation improvements.
In 2017, following the Legislature’s approval of a comprehensive, long-term plan to repair and modernize California's aging, crumbling transportation infrastructure, and despite being just one of 81 state lawmakers voting for the proposal, Josh was singled out as the target of an intensive, hyper-partisan recall campaign. An alliance of ideological extremists and special interests from outside his district proceeded to raise millions from all over the state to fund a misleading signature-gathering campaign which nevertheless succeeded in triggering a recall vote and which ultimately resulted in Josh’s recall from office in June of 2018.