A Biographical Sketch--Then and Now
Robert C. Newman, II lived in California nearly all his life.
He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1944. In that same year, his family moved to the San Diego area where his father was stationed in the U.S. Navy. After his father received his honorable discharge, he became a San Diego tuna fisherman; he worked as a skipper and navigator. His mother's life's work was making a home for her husband and children. She was a superb gardener and truly had a green thumb.
Robert's Christian parents took the Bible as their parenting guide for child-rearing.
Robert's first jobs, as an adolescent, were in agriculture picking produce; in poultry; in the dairy; and in raising hogs.
Robert and Mary Newman married young and celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this year. They made education their primary goal as a young married couple and both worked their way through school. After completing their education, Mary worked as a social worker, and Robert worked in several positions as a licensed psychologist. (SEE: "Education & Experience")
NOW . . .
Robert and Mary Newman have two adult offspring and two adult grandchildren. They own a small farm in Redlands, California. Robert has worked with Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H Clubs.
Robert keeps informed on current events in California by attending and participating in community meetings, such as the County Board of Supervisors, city councils, community college trustees, law enforcement--and by attending public hearings on immigration, air quality regulations; and hearings held by the California Public Utilities Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Robert has taken part in water tours to keep informed on issues impacting California's water crisis.
Robert currently continues to serve as Community Co-chair of the March Air Force Base Restoration Advisory Board. The project is charged with eliminating environmental contaminants at the former March Air Force Base.
Robert and Mary Newman now share the goal of turning our government back toward the ideals of America's Founding Fathers.
VISION STATEMENT OF ROBERT C. NEWMAN, II
The Preamble of the California State Constitution declares:
"We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure and perpetuate its blessings, do establish this Constitution."
My vision for California citizens is that we can all live within our State borders in a safe environment free from fear. Government must respect the rights of the citizen. Government must not impede the progress of the working people. Workers must have the opportunity to earn a living at a job that satisfies them both personally and financially.
My vision is for California workers is to earn and to keep the fruits of their labor. This would make Californians more likely to feel content and secure, and less likely to feel troubled about finances or the future. They should keep more of the money that they have earned--both for their own needs and the needs of their families and also to reach out to help the less fortunate.
Citizens individually and through religious or charitable organizations should decide how to help where they see the need. Government should not decide for us how to spend our tax dollars to fund entities with whose goals we do not agree.
This is my most succinct self-description:
I am a believer in salvation through Jesus Christ. The fields are white for harvest in Sacramento. The Office of Governor of the State of California is the mission field to which I have clearly felt the call.