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Caitlyn Jenner has announced she is running for California governor.

The former Olympic athlete and reality TV star will run as a Republican in the Democratic stronghold state.

A recall election in California could be confirmed this month after a petition against current governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, reached the number required to trigger a vote.

Voters would be asked if they want Gavin Newsom to stay or another candidate.

According to the Axios news site, Caitlyn Jenner has put together a team that includes some of former President Donald Trump’s advisers.

“Californians want better and deserve better from the governor,” a statement from Caitlyn Jenner said, confirming the news on her Twitter account on April 23.

“For too long, career politicians have over-promised and under-delivered. We need a leader with the vision and resolve to see it through,” she added.

Caitlyn Jenner promised that her campaign will be one of “solutions” and provide a “roadmap back to prosperity to turn this state around”.

She added that she will formally launch her campaign at a later date.

Should the recall election go ahead, it would be the fourth governor recall in US history.

Gavin Newsom has faced criticism for his handling of the pandemic. As infections started to fall, he came under criticism from business owners for still enforcing restrictions.

Caitlyn Jenner described herself as a “proven winner” in her statement, adding that she is the “only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as a governor”.

The former athlete, previously known as Bruce Jenner, has been described as the highest-profile American to come out as transgender.

Bruce Jenner came out as transgender in 2015 in an interview with broadcaster Diane Sawyer on ABC, and said the star said she had been wrestling with her gender since childhood.

The former athlete won a gold medal at the Montreal Games in 1976.

Before transitioning, Bruce Jenner was married to Kris Jenner and the pair had two daughters, Kendall and Kylie. The family were stars of the hit reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Caitlyn Jenner said her step-daughter Kim Kardashian had been a big supporter of her transitioning.

Woman’s Hour Power List 2015: Caitlyn Jenner Among Most Influential Women in the World

Caitlyn Jenner Settles Lawsuit with Prius Driver Jessica Steindorff

California is not a stranger to celebrities running for governor.

Arnold Schwarzenegger won the 2003 recall election, beating Mary Carey and former child actor Gary Coleman.

If she won, Caitlyn Jenner would be one of a small group of transgender Americans to hold such a high-profile role.

In 2020, Sarah McBride became the first transgender state senator in the US after she won her race in Delaware during the 2020 elections. And she was not the only transgender candidate to make history during last year’s election.

Vermont’s Taylor Small, 26, was elected to the House of Representatives, while, in Kansas. Stephanie Byers became the first trans person of color to be elected to a state legislature.


Caitlyn Jenner has succeeded to settle her lawsuit with Jessica Steindorff, the driver of the Prius involved in the reality star’s fatal crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in February.

The reality star, then known as Bruce Jenner, slammed into a Lexus while driving down the busy Los Angeles parkway. The car’s driver, Kim Howe, was then sent into oncoming traffic, where she was struck and killed by a Hummer. After hitting Kim Howe’s car, Bruce Jenner then crashed into Jessica Steindorff’s Prius.

Jessica Steindorff, whose car was nearly totaled in the accident, sued Caitlyn Jenner in June. In her legal papers, the plaintiff maintained that in addition to the property damage, she was also seeking compensation for personal injuries suffered. The amount of the settlement has not been undisclosed.

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However, Caitlyn Jenner’s insurance company reportedly paid for all of the damages.

The reality star still has two additional lawsuits in progress.

Caitlyn Jenner faces a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Kim Howe’s stepchildren, but Jenner has been fighting to get that claim dismissed, arguing that the plaintiffs had no relationship with their late stepmom and did not depend on her financially. Additionally, the five occupants of the Hummer involved in the collision filed a civil suit against Caitlyn Jenner earlier this month, alleging she was responsible for the accident due to driving recklessly and at an unsafe speed.


Caitlyn Jenner has been sued by Hummer crash victims in a new lawsuit from last February’s fatal accident.

The reality star, then known Bruce Jenner, caused a chain-reaction accident on Pacific Coast Highway after hitting a Lexus driven by Kim Howe and sending it into oncoming traffic.

Kim Howe’s car was then hit by a Hummer, leading to her death.

While Kim Howe’s family already has a suit against Bruce Jenner pending, as does the driver of a Prius Jenner struck after first hitting the Lexus, the reality star is now being sued by the occupants of the Hummer.

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The Wolf-Millesi family says they had five relatives in the Hummer, all of whom were injured physically and emotionally as a result of the crash. One family member claims to have suffered a severe cervical fracture that has left her permanently disabled.

Another car passenger says he suffered blunt force trauma, while a different individual had severe nerve damage. Perhaps most disturbingly, a month-old newborn was in the car as well, and was not responsive at the scene, leading the baby to be rushed to the hospital. The child survived, but it is not clear if he or she suffered injuries.

According to TMZ, the legal documents state: “The emotional effects of being involved in a collision that has taken the life of another has caused tremendous distress and suffering.”

All is attributed to Caitlyn Jenner, whom the lawsuit blames for driving recklessly at an unsafe speed. The Wolf-Millesi family is seeking unspecified damages, TMZ reports.

The filing comes more than two months after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced it would not pursue criminal charges against Caitlyn Jenner.


2015 ESPYS winners:

Best Team
U.S. Women’s Soccer – FIFA (WINNER)
New England Patriots – NFL
Connecticut Huskies – NCAA Women’s Basketball
Golden State Warriors – NBA
Chicago Blackhawks – NHL
Ohio State Buckeyes – FBS

Best Male Athlete
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (WINNER)
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
JJ Watt, Houston Texans

Best Play (bracket-style)
Odell Beckham catch vs. 16. Albany goalie lacrosse goal (WINNER)
Bahamas Bowl Hail Mary vs. 15. Dwayne Bravo cricket catch
Lionel Messi goal vs. 14. Jerian Grant dunk
Malcolm Butler INT vs. 13. Josh Sheehan triple back flip
Stephen Curry step back 3 vs. 12. Ameer Abdullah TD run
Ronda Rousey armbar vs. 11. Gerald Green dunk off the glass
Tyler Ennis goal vs. 10. Shoni Schimmel circus shot
Kevin Pillar catch vs. 9. Jeremy Menez goalESPYS 2015 winners

Best Comeback Athlete
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (WINNER)
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

Best Female Athlete
Ronda Rousey, MMA (WINNER)
Breanna Stewart, UConn Basketball
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing
Serena Williams, WTA

Best Moment
Lauren Hill

Jimmy V Award for Perseverance
Devon and Leah Still

Pat Tillman Award for Service
Danielle Green

Icon Award
Derek Jeter

Arthur Ashe Award for Courage
Caitlyn Jenner

Best Championship Performance
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (WINNER)
American Pharoah, Race Horse
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Lauren Haeger, Florida Softball

Best Male College Athlete
Marcus Mariota, Oregon Football (WINNER)
Jack Eichel, Boston University Hockey
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin Basketball
Logan Stieber, Ohio State Wrestling
Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt Baseball

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Mo’ne Davis, Little League Baseball (WINNER)
Odell Beckham Jr, New York Giants
Cardale Jones, Ohio State Buckeyes
Jordan Spieth, PGA

Best NBA Player
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (WINNER)
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
James Harden, Houston Rockets
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Best Record-Breaking Performance
Peyton Manning throws record-509th touchdown pass (WINNER)
Lauren Chamberlain hits 91st home run in NCAA softball
Devin Hester takes punt in for 20th touchdown return
Klay Thompson scores 37 points in a single quarter

Best Upset
Mississippi over Alabama, FBS (WINNER)
Georgia State over Baylor, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
Kansas City Royals wins AL Pennant

Best Fighter
Ronda Rousey, MMA (WINNER)
Donald Cerrone, MMA
Terence Crawford, Boxing
Gennady Golovkin (GGG), Boxing
Floyd Mayweather Jr, Boxing

Best Jockey
Victor Espinoza (WINNER)
Javier Castellano
Joel Rosario

Best Game
Patriots vs. Seahawks, Super Bowl (WINNER)
A’s vs. Royals, MLB AL Wild Card
Spurs vs. Clippers Game 7, NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals

Best Coach/Manager
Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors (WINNER)
Geno Auriemma, UConn Huskies
Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Blue Devils
Urban Meyer, Ohio State Buckeyes

Best Comeback Athlete
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (WINNER)
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

Best International Athlete
Lionel Messi, Barcelona/Argentina (WINNER)
Novak Djokovic, ATP
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Lydia Ko, LPGA
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid/Portugal

Best NFL Player
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (WINNER)
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
JJ Watt, Houston Texans

Best MLB Player
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (WINNER)
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

Best NHL Player
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (WINNER)
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
John Tavares, New York Islanders

Best Driver
Kevin Harvick, NASCAR (WINNER)
Erica Enders-Stevens, NHRA
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Juan Pablo Montoya, IndyCar
Will Power, IndyCar

Best WNBA Player
Skylar Diggins, Tulsa Shock (WINNER)
Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury
Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

Best Male Golfer
Jordan Spieth (WINNER)
Rory McIlroy
Billy Horschel

Best Female Golfer
Lydia Ko (WINNER)
Stacy Lewis
Inbee Park

Best Male Tennis Player
Novak Djokovic (WINNER)
Marin Cilic
Roger Federer
Stan Wawrinka

Best Female Tennis Player
Serena Williams (WINNER)
Simona Halep
Petra Kvitova
Maria Sharapova

Best Female College Athlete
Missy Franklin, Cal Swimming (WINNER)
Taylor Cummings, Maryland Lacrosse
Lauren Haeger, Florida Softball
Micha Hancock, Penn State Volleyball
Breanna Stewart, Connecticut Basketball

Best Male Action Sports Athlete
Ryan Dungey, Motocross (WINNER)
Tucker Hibbert, SnoCross
Nyjah Huston, Skateboarding
Mark McMorris, Snowboarding
Josh Sheehan, Freestyle Motocross

Best Female Action Sports Athlete
Kelly Clark, Snowboarding (WINNER)
Paige Alms, Surfing
Stephanie Gilmore, Surfing
Laia Sanz, Enduro/motorbike

Best Male Athlete with a Disability
Krige Schabort, Triathlon (WINNER)
Joe Berenyi, Cycling
Josh Pauls, Sled Hockey
Mike Shea, Snowboarding
Andy Soule, Nordic Skiing

Best Female Athlete with a Disability
Becca Meyers, Swimming (WINNER)
Kendall Gretsch, Triathlon
Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing
Tatyana McFadden, Track and Field
Greta Neimanas, Cycling

Best Bowler
Jason Belmonte (WINNER)
Parker Bohn III
Mike Fagan

Best MLS Player
Robbie Keane, Los Angeles Galaxy (WINNER)
Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders
Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution
Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls


Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on July 15.

While receiving the award, Caitlyn Jenner has called on sports people to help change attitudes towards transgender people.

But boxer Evander Holyfield doesn’t seem to get it.

Caitlyn Jenner, who used to be known as Bruce Jenner, received a standing ovation after winning the “courage” award at a ceremony in LA.

Speaking on stage at the ESPYS, which honors sportspeople, Caitlyn Jenner said: “Trans people deserve something vital, they deserve your respect.”

Afterwards, former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield said: “I just know that’s Bruce Jenner and I’ll leave it at that.”

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Others on the red carpet reacted differently though.

Little League baseball pitcher Mo’ne Davis, who is 14, described Caitlyn Jenner as “brave to have the courage to get through a lot of those things”.

Although some think say college basketball player Lauren Hill, who died of brain cancer in April, was more deserving of the honor.

ESPN has also denied rumors Caitlyn Jenner was given the award in exchange for plugs on her new reality show, calling the claims “completely false”.

In her 10-minute acceptance speech, Caitlyn Jenner asked the audience, which included football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey stars, to make transgender equality one of their issues too.

Caitlyn Jenner, 65, said what sport stars say and do is “absorbed and observed by millions of people, especially young people”.

The former Olympian told them about trans teenagers who are bullied, beaten up, murdered or kill themselves, mentioning two people deaths that particularly touched her.

“If you want to call me names, make jokes and doubt my intentions, go ahead because the reality is I can take it,” Caitlyn Jenner said.

“But for thousands of kids out there coming to terms with the reality of who they are they shouldn’t have to take it.”

Caitlyn Jenner described the last few months as “a whirlwind” after confirming she was transgender in April.

She thanked her family for their support, with daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner wiping away tears in the audience.

The Arthur Ashe award is named after the tennis player who died from AIDS in 1993 after a blood transfusion.

Caitlyn Jenner said she had met Arthur Ashe a few times and knew education was important to him.

“Learn as much as you can about another person to understand them as well as you can,” she said.

Caitlyn Jenner’s new show I Am Cait starts this July.


Former Olympian Bruce Jenner, now known as Caitlyn Jenner, accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS on July 15.

Caitlyn Jenner received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world’s biggest stars after her 10-minute speech during the annual awards honoring the year’s top athletes and moments.

She also urged acceptance for others who are transgender.

“This transition has been harder on me than anything I can imagine,” said Caitlyn Jenner.

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Abby Wambach of the US soccer team that won the Women’s World Cup presented the trophy to Caitlyn Jenner, whose voice broke as she thanked members of her famous family, including stepdaughters Kim and Khloe Kardashian. Tears welled in the eyes of Caitlyn Jenner’s younger daughter, Kylie, whose sister, Kendall, wiped a tear from her eye.

“I never wanted to hurt anyone else, most of all my family and my kids,” said Caitlyn Jenner, who admitted that until earlier this year she had never met another transgender person.

Caitlyn Jenner urged the crowd that included football, basketball, baseball and hockey players to remember what they say and do is “absorbed and observed by millions of people, especially young people”.

A video traced Caitlyn Jenner’s life from the time when she was known as Bruce Jenner to her current transition. She was shown applying makeup, buttoning her blouse in her closet and fastening the strap on her heeled shoes.

Caitlyn Jenner didn’t walk the red carpet outside the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, and she didn’t appear backstage to talk with reporters, as most of the previous Ashe award recipients have done.


Caitlyn Jenner has joined this year’s BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List of top 10 influencers, alongside Nicola Surgeon, Angelina Jolie and Anna Wintour.

The list identifies women who have had an “exceptionally large impact”.

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, is at No 7.

Former Olympian Bruce Jenner revealed the transition to Caitlyn on the cover of Vanity Fair last month.

Caitlyn Jenner, whose famous children include step-daughter Kim Kardashian and daughter Kendall Jenner, is honored for bringing the experience of being a trans woman to a global audience.

Both the Vanity Fair photoshoot and the ensuing #CallMeCaitlyn hashtag adopted by many fans on Twitter generated huge publicity.

Angelina Jolie made number three on the list with “Angelina-effect”.Caitlyn Jenner Womans Hour List 2015

The term was coined after the actress revealed her genetic predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer, sparking other women to seek out testing.

Angelina Jolie has spoken openly about her double mastectomy and having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent cancer.

The Guardian‘s first female editor Katherine Viner was at No 4 on the list, just weeks after taking up the job, while Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, was at No 2.

Whistles chief executive Jane Shepherdson, who was on the judging panel, said the editor “influences the world in what to wear, how to look, and who to celebrate.

“Like the captain of almost any other industry, Wintour’s word is almost law.”

The list was counted down during a special Woman’s Hour show from the BBC Radio Theatre, hosted by presenters Jane Garvey and Jenni Murray.

The panel of judges, headed up by journalist and broadcaster Emma Barnett and including human rights lawyer Helena Kennedy QC and Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney, looked at well-known women’s personal ability to influence others.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is at No 1 following the Scottish National Party’s performance in this year’s general election, winning 56 our of 59 possible seats in Scotland.

Though Nicola Sturgeon didn’t stand as a candidate, the judges called her “the woman of the moment in terms of influence and hard power”.

Sia made No 6, having written for Beyonce, Rihanna, Jessie J and Katy Perry and achieving solo success with hits like Chandelier.

The 2014 Woman’s Hour Power List, entitled Game Changers, was topped by Doreen Lawrence, while Queen Elizabeth II topped the first list in 2013.

Woman’s Hour editor Alice Feinstein added: “The way power operates in today’s global, interconnected society is not straightforward – brokers of hard power like prime ministers, presidents and CEOs are no longer calling all the shots.

“What I wanted to examine in this year’s list of influencers is how women are operating outside traditional power structures to get things done.”

Woman’s Hour Power List 2015 – Top 10 influencers:

  1. Nicola Sturgeon – leader of the SNP
  2. Anna Wintour – editor-in-chief of American Vogue
  3. Angelina Jolie – actor, director and humanitarian ambassador
  4. Katharine Viner – editor of The Guardian
  5. Camilla Cavendish – director of Downing Street Policy Unit
  6. Sia – singer, songwriter and music video director
  7. Caitlyn Jenner – high profile trans woman
  8. Karen Blackett, CEO, MediaCom UK
  9. Zanny Minton Beddoes – editor-in-chief of The Economist
  10. Sara Khan – co-founder of Inspire


Caitlyn Jenner has set a new Twitter record after gaining more than a million followers in four hours, Guinness World Records has confirmed.

Bruce Jenner as a woman has beaten President Barack Obama, who held the title for two weeks.

Barack Obama reached the one million mark in five hours.

Caitlyn Jenner launched her Twitter account at the same time as a Vanity Fair magazine cover was released, showing former Olympian Bruce Jenner as a transgender woman and revealing the name she will now be using.Caitlyn Jenner Twitter record

She tweeted: “Another Jenner world record, and at 65? Who’da thought! Humbled & honored to have reached 1M followers in 4 hrs. Thank you for your support.”

At the time of writing, Caitlyn Jenner had reached a total of 1.8 million followers, although that figure is still rising.

Guinness World Records tweeted: “4 hrs and 3 mins! @Caitlyn_Jenner just set a new record for fastest time to reach 1 million followers on @Twitter.”

The cover photograph, shot by Annie Leibovitz, is part of a wider special where Caitlyn Jenner talks about her gender transition and how her family’s reacted.

Stepdaughter Kim Kardashian has shared her support for Caitlyn Jenner, tweeting: “Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair Annie Leibovitz! How beautiful! Be happy, be proud, live life YOUR way!”


Bruce Jenner’s first photo shoot as a woman, named Caitlyn Jenner, has been unveiled.

Caitlyn Jenner shot the cover with photographer Annie Leibovitz in Malibu for Vanity Fair magazine.

Former Olympian Bruce Jenner confirmed his plans to transition into a woman in an interview in April 2015.

Now, as he became Caitlyn, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star says: “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret… I would be lying there saying, <<You just blew your entire life>>.”

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Caitlyn Jenner also tweeted: “I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.”

E! channel plans to document Caitlyn Jenner’s life as a transgender woman, starting in July in a new series.

Bruce Jenner’s stepdaughter Kim Kardashian West also tweeted support for the cover shoot.

It comes a day after Kim Kardashian confirmed she was pregnant with her second child with husband Kanye West.

Khloe Kardashian also posted about the cover shoot on her Instagram account.

Bruce Jenner’s stepdaughter wrote: “We were given this life because you were strong enough to live it! I couldn’t be prouder!!! Caitlyn, You are beautiful!!!”