Elected state’s 34th governor in 1974, re-elected in 1978. Elected state’s 39th governor in 2010, re-elected in 2014.
Early Years: Born 1938, in San Francisco.
Education: St. Ignatius High School; attended Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit seminary; graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale Law School.
Career: Trustee for the Los Angeles Community College District, Secretary of State, Mayor of Oakland, California Attorney General, practiced law
Nickname: The Golden State
Population: 39 million
Size: The state covers 163,696 square miles
Economic drivers: Technology, agriculture, film industry, international trade, tourism, energy
Did you know? The famous "Hollywood" sign was installed in 1923 as "Hollywoodland" to advertise a subdivision near the top of Mount Lee. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce took over the sign in 1943 and removed the last four letters.