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Gray Davis on Free Trade

Former Democratic CA Governor


CA is world’s 5th largest economy; expand global marketplace

Under Governor Davis’ leadership, California has dramatically strengthened its role in the global marketplace, surpassing France and Italy to become the fifth largest economy in the world. Governor Davis has worked with nations around the globe to expand international trade. California has become the nation’s leading exporter, outstripping second-place Texas by nearly $16 billion in 2000. California also attracts more direct foreign investment than any other state, [accounting for] 640,000 jobs.
Source: Official gubernatorial website, www.governor.ca.gov , Sep 1, 2003

Made trade deals with Europe, Armenia, China, & others

In Oct. 1999, Davis led a business development mission to Europe and the Middle East. During the first 2 years of his administration, trade to the European Union increased 19%, reaching $25.7 billion in 2000. In Dec. 2001, Davis launched the European Union Export Initiative to further stimulate trade and help small environmental and biomedical companies in California enter the European market.

A month earlier, Davis signed a historic agreement between California and Armenia to enhance trade and investment. Since he took office, exports to Armenia have tripled.

The Davis Administration also oversaw the opening of the new California trade and investment offices in Shanghai (March 2000), Singapore (March 2000), and Argentina (September 2000). Since their establishment, the offices have facilitated over $16 million in exports.

Additionally, the Governor signed legislation to develop a Rural Strategy to facilitate trade from the State’s agricultural heartland.

Source: Official gubernatorial website, www.governor.ca.gov , Sep 1, 2003

Other governors on Free Trade: Gray Davis on other issues:
CA Gubernatorial:
Jerry Brown
CA Senatorial:
Barbara Boxer
Dianne Feinstein

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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