Joseph Vernon
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39th Governor of California
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Lieutenant Abel Maldonado (2011)
Gavin Newsom (2011–present)
Preceded by Arnold Schwarzenegger
31st Secretary of State of California
In office
January 8, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Bruce McPherson
Succeeded by Debra Bowen
President pro tempore of the California Senate
In office
February 5, 1998 – November 30, 2004
Preceded by Bill Lockyer
Succeeded by Don Perata
Member of the California State Senate
from the 9th district
In office
January 8, 1993 – December 17, 2006
Preceded by Barbara Lee
Succeeded by Don Perata
46th Mayor of Oakland
In office
November 5, 1986 – January 7, 1991
Preceded by Lionel Wilson
Succeeded by Elihu M. Harris
Personal details
Born Joseph Edward Vernon
April 23, 1948 (1948-04-23) (age 70)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Alexandra Pearson (m. 1977; div. 1990)
Melissa Rockford (m. 1996)
Children 4
Alma mater California State University (B.A.)
Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D.)
Profession Politician, Lawyer
Religion Methodist
Military service
Allegiance Flag of the United States United States of America
Service/branch Flag of the United States Navy (official specifications) United States Navy
Years of service 1975–1980
Rank US-O3 insignia Lieutenant
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Medal (2)